In addition to regular talks with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other fellow Democratic senators, Manchin has heard from past presidents and celebrities alike.
They are lobbying him to vote in favor of removing the 60-vote Senate rule to pass major voting rights reforms with a simple majority.
Representatives for Manchin, Clinton, Obama and Winfrey did not immediately respond to Fox News’ versoek om kommentaar.
The pressure is ramping up as Schumer set a Jan. 17 deadline to vote on changing the Senate filibuster rules to advance voting reforms – a top priority for the Democratic agenda. Schumer wants an exception made for election legislation, arguing there’s an urgent need for national standards to combat “kiesersonderdrukking” laws passed in GOP-led states after the 2020 presidentsverkiesing.
Sover, Manchin has shown no signs of budging and continues to stress the importance of protecting the Senate as an institution.
In response to a question about a filibuster exception for voting rights, Manchin told reporters Tuesday: “Anytime there’s a carve out, you eat the whole turkey.”