Sinema Makes Up Her Mind On Filibuster Reform

Written By BlabberBuzz | Saturday, 15 January 2022 16:45
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President Biden conceded he doesn't know how voting rights legislation will be passed without Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin on board but professed "as long as I have breath in me" he will fight.

"I don’t know that we can get it done but I know one thing, as long as I have a breath in me, as long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all - I’m going to be fighting," he pressed.

Biden spent over an hour meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill but left without a clear path forward to pass a massive federal package of voting legislation, which would make Election Day a national holiday, tighten campaign finance laws and adjust the redistricting process.

"We missed this time," the President conceded about Democratic efforts to fight laws passed in GOP-controlled states. We missed this time, and the state legislative bodies continue to change the law. It's not about who can vote, but who gets to count the vote."

He repeated his phrase, getting louder as he went on: "Count the vote. Count the vote. It’s about election subversion, not just whether or not people get to vote.

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Biden made the personal appearance to lobby Democrats on voting rights legislation but his plea may come in vain as Sinema has made it clear she will not support his call to kill the filibuster.

"It is clear that the two parties' strategies are not working, not for either side and especially not for the country," Sinema said in a 19-minute speech on the Senate floor ahead of the meeting with Biden.

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Her decision essentially halted Democratic efforts to pass voting legislation – despite a procedural gamble from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the heavy lobbying from Biden, and an impassioned plea from Barack Obama.

Republicans praised her for saving the Senate.

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Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who also opposes killing the filibuster, expressed that Biden gave a 'very passionate, very good speech' but wouldn't say whether or not his mind had been changed.

"The President gave an extremely, very passionate, very good speech. It was very human. It was very touching. It was very good. It was very historical," the senator from West Virginia said.

Schumer praised Biden for coming but declined to say what the next steps are. He needs all 50 Democratic senators on board to proceed. With Sinema and Manchin staying at a "no" on killing the filibuster and Senator Brian Schatz quarantining after testing positive for COVID, Schumer is down to 47 votes.

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