MLK III and Arndrea Waters King Respond to Senator Manchin Statement

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Manchin issued a statement doubling down on his filibuster position. 

Arndrea Waters King, Civil rights leader and President of the Drum Major Institute, issued the following statement in response:

“One month ago, Senator Manchin voted to carve out the filibuster for the debt ceiling. During a time of great moral obligation, history will remember what choice he makes on voting rights. Will he follow in the footsteps of Bull Connor, George Wallace and others who blocked progress for Black and Brown Americans?

When the vote happens next week, he would be wise to remember Dr. King’s words: ‘the time is always right to do what is right.’ We hope Senator Manchin will find the courage to live up to higher ideals.”

Martin Luther King III, Civil rights leader and Chairman of the Drum Major Institute, issued the following statement in response:

“The arguments Senator Manchin laid out on filibuster misrepresent a broken procedural rule as tradition and comity.

If Senator Manchin wants to talk about partisanship, then let’s talk about how Republican state legislatures are passing new voter suppression laws restricting the right to vote for Black and Brown Americans on simple-majority, party-lines.

If Senator Manchin wants to talk about consensus building and debate, then let’s talk about the fact that Republican Senators have filibustered debate three times last year alone on voting rights. 

If Senator Manchin wants to talk about excesses of the executive branch, then let’s talk about how one party continues to endorse the Big Lie. If Senator Manchin wants to talk about the filibuster blocking the ‘transitory passions of the majority,’ then let’s talk about how Republican senators changed the rules over and over to pass Trump tax cuts and Supreme Court justices. 

Senator Manchin has a historic obligation to do the right thing and make a different choice than what he laid out in his statement. We know from my father’s lessons that history will remember our choices during times of great consequence.”

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