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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said Thursday that she will not vote to weaken the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold, bucking her party leaders yet again and dealing a major blow to Democrats’ election reform effort.
The comments, which match Sinema’s long-held stance on the filibuster, are effectively the final nail in the coffin of Democrats’ longshot effort to pass two elections bills over unified Senate GOP opposition.
The article goes on to state the following:
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema, D-Ariz., said. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators,” she continued. “Representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues.”
BREAKING: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema praises proposed voting rights bills but reiterates support for filibuster rule, saying “I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.” https://t.co/ihVuth6xKF pic.twitter.com/GVNP9wBLYe
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2022
BREAKING: Kyrsten Sinema: “Eliminating the 60 vote threshold on a party line with the thinnest of possible majorities to pass these bills that I support will not guarantee that we prevent demagogues from winning office.” pic.twitter.com/sLs7to5zhx
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 13, 2022
Sinema’s comment follow the House’s move to swiftly pass legislation that combines both The John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
The party would need all 50 Senate Democrats on board in order to make changes to the filibuster, but it is now unlikely due to Sinema and Sen. Manchin’s previous rejection to revise the rule.
NEW: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) says she will not vote to weaken the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. https://t.co/ptTwmbEZPG
— Kyle Morris (@RealKyleMorris) January 13, 2022
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