Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), announced on Thursday that she would note vote to suspend the filibuster in order to pass voting rights bills. The two bills are of President Joe Biden’s priority and will likely fail without Sinema’s support.
The democratic party, and Biden, argue that the filibuster is “an unacceptable obstacle to passing the Freedom to Vote Act and For the People Act.” Sinema reiterated that that is not the case, and that she plans to preserve the filibuster.
“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,” she said before the chamber Thursday. “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.”
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