Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are on a path to play spoiler to another Biden agenda push.
Both are staunch supporters of the filibuster, which requires 60 votes for the chamber to proceed on most bills, and without busting the filibuster it may be impossible for Democrats to push through the election legislation and “voting rights” bill they want.
Per Fox News “President Biden is expected to lead the push for election legislation in a Tuesday speech in Georgia, which passed one of the most controversial state election laws of 2021.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week Biden is “going to Georgia because Georgia is one of the many states where corrupt acts on the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of elections have taken place at based on the big lie.”
However, Manchin and Sinema’s opposition to the filibuster is a major roadblock for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“With Republicans almost unanimously aligned against congressional Democrats’ proposals, it is highly unlikely the Senate will be able to pass a bill by Schumer’s deadline to get something done by next week. The majority leader promised this month he would force a vote on potentially altering the filibuster if the GOP blockade holds,” the report states.
Schumer warned “If Republicans continue to hijack the rules of the chamber to prevent us from protecting our democracy, then the Senate will debate and consider changes to the rules on or before Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.”
He further explained the goal is “to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections.”