Kyrsten Sinema stood on the Senate floor today and declared once again her unyielding support for the filibuster as a tool to protect Democracy:
Just like Manchin, Sinema is unwavering on this issue. Her views aren’t anything new, but because Democrats are so radical and hardheaded, Sinema has to constantly restate her position over and over to make clear she will not vote to end the filibuster.
It’s a great thing to behold. Both she and Manchin are doing a fantastic job stifling the radical agenda of Democrats at a time when it is so desperately needed. If it weren’t for them, state elections would be federalized and democracy as we know it would be over.
Here’s more from NBC News:
President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed uncertainty over whether his party would be able to pass voting rights legislation through Congress after he emerged from a closed-door luncheon with Senate Democrats.
Despite his attempt at making a direct appeal to Democrats, Biden appeared less confident than before about overcoming the hurdles of getting the measures approved.
“I hope we can get this done,” Biden told reporters on Capitol Hill following the meeting. “But the honest to god answer is, I don’t know whether we can get this done.”
“One thing [is] for certain — like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try it a second time,” he added. “We missed this time.”
His remarks came a few hours after Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., made clear that she won’t vote to gut the filibuster rule to ease passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Sinema said she supports the two bills but continues to favor the 60-vote rule, which Democrats have no hope of clearing due to overwhelming Republican opposition to the bills. Her remarks signaled that the aggressive efforts to persuade her to change Senate rules have failed.
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation,” Sinema said on the Senate floor in a speech about “the disease of division” in the United States. “It is the view I continue to hold.”
Sinema’s position means the two voting bills have no viable path to passage.
Even Joe Biden knows it’s over. What this article failed to mention in its entirety was how Biden started yelling randomly about counting the vote or something:
Biden, appearing to admit defeat on ending the filibuster & nationalizing elections, randomly starts shouting: States’ voter reform laws are “about who gets to count the votes! Count the vote! Count the vote!” pic.twitter.com/66LpGL1ckQ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 13, 2022