Manchin 'not going to filibuster’ Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Manchin 'not going to filibuster’ Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Overnight Energy: Trump energy nominees face Congress | OPEC to extend production cuts In the politics of healthcare reform, past is prologue MORE (W.Va.) says he isn't planning to join calls from fellow Democrats to filibuster President Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee. 

“I’m not going to filibuster anybody,” Manchin told the conservative Weekly Standard on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats are expected to put up a fight over Trump's pick to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Antonin Scalia's death last year.

Republicans need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster, but the GOP only holds 52 seats, meaning they’ll need at least eight Democrats to override a filibuster.

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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles SchumerOvernight Finance: Dems introduce minimum wage bill | Sanders clashes with Trump budget chief | Border tax proposal at death's door Sanders, Democrats introduce minimum wage bill Top House, Senate Dems ask Interior not to eliminate national monuments MORE (D-N.Y.) said earlier this month that Democrats would fight “tooth and nail” if Trump’s Supreme Court pick isn’t "bipartisan and mainstream."

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyRussia probes in limbo after special prosecutor announcement Special counsel appointment gets bipartisan praise Lawmakers unveil bill to combat Sessions' push for tougher sentences MORE (D-Ore.) also circulated a petition Monday urging colleagues to block any Trump nominee given Senate Republicans' refusal to give a hearing or vote to Merrick Garland, former President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOfficial: Trump 'looking at' future of US sanctions on Russia Lawmakers reintroduce measure to lift Cuba travel restrictions Canada proposes methane pollution standards for oil and gas drilling MORE's pick to fill the vacancy last year.

“This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat,” Merkley told Politico. “We will use every lever in our power to stop this. ... I will definitely object to a simple majority.”

The Senate GOP's refusal has left the country’s highest court with only eight justices for nearly a year.

But Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP senators distance themselves from House ObamaCare repeal bill Cruz: Jokes about me in Franken's book 'obnoxious' The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas) told Politico on Tuesday that Republicans could move to amend Senate rules, changing the 60-vote threshold that the GOP would need to meet to block a filibuster.

"The Democrats are not going to succeed in filibustering the Supreme Court nominee," Cruz said. "All procedural options are on the table. The bottom line is we will confirm a strong conservative to replace Justice Scalia."

Trump is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night.