(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Sunday explained the high-five he shared on stage last week with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, saying that the two share the same commitment to protecting the filibuster.
“There's a moment, I don't know if you realized, that went viral between you and Senator Sinema. … I want to ask you about it. You guys are high-fiving. I think we'll show it again here. It was right after she was talking about the filibuster. Is that what you were high-fiving about?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked.
“Yeah, that was – I think, you know, after that. I saw her hand go up and I said, "Sure" because here, the two of us are committed to protecting the filibuster, which I think protects checks and balances on the executive branch,” Manchin told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“So if you have a Democrat, Democrat, Democrat – president, House and Senate – and you have a strong president, basically leader of the party, then you don't have a check and balance because I can guarantee you the House and Senate will roll wherever the president wants. I – and I've said this before,” he said.
“I appreciate the Republican senators and the leadership of the minority leader at that time, McConnell, majority leader at that time – with Donald Trump every day beating on him, ‘Get rid of the filibuster,’” the senator said.
“You've got 53, 54 Republicans, and he would not, and I appreciate that, and I told Harry Reid we should not have done it when we did it in 2013, but to come back now, the checks and balances aren't there. It makes and forces them to work together,” Manchin said.
“Think what we've accomplished in the 117th, the most divided Congress we've ever had, and we did more substantial bills, I think that’s going to be transformational,” he said.