Sinema ends Democrats’ hopes to change filibuster rule to pass voting right bill

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema ended her party’s hopes to end the Senate filibuster when she announced on Thursday her opposition to the change.

“These deepening divisions hurt our ability to work together. … Americans across the country know this. They see it every day, not only on social media and cable news, but at their jobs and around dinner tables,” Sinema said.

A “Divided” Nation

“We are divided. It is more likely today that we look at other Americans who have different views and see the other or even see them as enemies instead of as fellow countrymen and women who share our core values.”

Sinema said she supports the current Democrat voting rights bills, but refused to support changing the rules of the Senate in order to approve them.

A “Poor Substitute”

“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,” she said during her Senate floor speech.

Sinema’s view adds to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, ending the votes needed for the change to move forward in the Senate.

The news came just after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris shared speeches in Atlanta to strongly advocate for the party’s voting rights bill that would federalize many state and local election laws.

The voting rights bills would need at least 60 votes in the Senate, meaning all 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans would be needed to pass the legislation.

Since the votes are not there, Biden and other Democrats have pushed to change the filibuster law in order to pass the voting rights bill.

The same party that accused Republicans of trying to break the election rules is now working to change the rules in its favor to alter how elections are run.

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