Sinema joins Manchin in defending filibuster despite support for voting bills

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has come to stand next to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) as the only two Democrats in the Senate with any integrity and sense of fairness.

Sinema said Tuesday ahead of a Senate visit by President Joe Biden that she continues to support the filibuster and will not vote to end it or to make exceptions to the 60-vote rule just to pass voting “rights” legislation. 

“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Sinema said during a floor speech.

She reiterated her “long-standing support” for the filibuster.

“It is the view I continue to hold”

“It is the view I continue to hold. It is the belief I have shared many times in public settings and in private settings,” Sinema said. “Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy.”

Manchin has said he would only support changes to the filibuster if they had enough  bipartisan support to pass with at least 60 votes, and he praised Sinema’s speech on Thursday.

“It was an “excellent speech,” Manchin said. “I think it’s the points that I’ve been making for an awful long time and she has too.”

Currently, there is no Republican support for either ending the filibuster or for the two voting bills Democrats hope to pass without it.

Democrats need to federalize elections

Democrats fear that without the voting bills, Republican and swing states will enact their own laws that will make it more difficult for them to be elected.

Several states like Texas and Georgia have already done so, limiting early and absentee voting and requiring voters to present ID.

The federal voting bills already passed in the House would outlaw voter ID, calling it too restrictive even though ID is needed for much less important activities than voting.

Without laws to federalize elections, it will remain much too easy to cheat at the ballot box, which is what Democrats seem to want or to feel they need in order to keep winning elections.

Democrats are facing a very difficult road to maintaining power after the 2022 midterms, according to recent polls.

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