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Sen. Joe Manchin at the U.S. Capitol in February. Photo: Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said there's "no circumstance" in which he'd "vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster," and he expressed alarm at the budget reconciliation process in a Washington Post op-ed Wednesday.

Why it matters: The moderate Democrat's unwavering stance, as outlined on "Axios on HBO" last month, reduces President Biden's chances of pushing through his agenda by limiting Senate Republicans' legislative power.

What he's saying: "The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting that input and our democratic form of government," Manchin wrote.

  • "That is why I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster."
  • In regards to the use of the budget reconciliation process to pass legislation such as Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Manchin argued that everyone should be "alarmed" at how it's "being used by both parties to stifle debate around the major issues" facing the U.S.
"Legislating was never supposed to be easy. It is hard work to address the needs of both rural and urban communities in a single piece of legislation, but it is the work we were elected to do."
— Manchin

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Treasury details Biden's plan to raise $2 trillion through corporate tax hikes

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The Treasury Department released details on Wednesday of President Biden's plan to hike corporate taxes over the next 15 years to raise about $2 trillion for his sweeping jobs and infrastructure proposal.

Why it matters: The plan will likely serve as a roadmap as Democrats in Congress craft legislation to enact Biden's $1.9 trillion American Jobs Plan, which seeks to fulfill a range of campaign promises to fix the country’s crumbling infrastructure, slow the growing climate crisis and reduce economic inequality.

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U.S: Nord Stream 2 "will not move forward" if Russia invades Ukraine

U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price during a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. will make sure the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany won't go ahead if Russian troops invade Ukraine, State Department spokesperson Ned Price told NPR on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Germany's ambassador to the U.S. appeared to support Price's strong rhetoric on the strategically significant pipeline that would circumvent Ukrainian transit infrastructure and deliver Russian gas directly to Germany, eliminating one of the last deterrents Ukraine has against an invasion, per Axios' Zachary Basu.

Scoop: Stephanie Ruhle to replace Brian Williams on MSNBC

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MSNBC will soon announce plans to move morning anchor Stephanie Ruhle to the 11 pm ET hour that Brian Williams turned into an elite destination, two sources familiar with the move tell Axios.

Details: The 9 am ET hour, currently hosted by Ruhle, will become part of MSNBC's flagship morning show, "Morning Joe," which currently runs from 6 am to 9 am ET.

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