Joe Biden Just Got Some Really Bad News From Senate Dems, It’s Not Just Manchin And Sinema
Joe Biden is issuing fiery rhetoric about voting rights and is demanding that the Senate terminate the filibuster months before the 2022 mid-terms. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed that there will be a vote on Martin Luther King Day and he will dump the filibuster.
Up until now, most thought it was only Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) standing in his way however, Joe just found out there are more.
Senator Mark Kelly – the other Senator from Arizona – has said he’s not committing to getting rid of the filibuster either.
“I’ve never been part of an organization where it’s really, really hard to do things. So if there’s a real proposal, I’ll take a look at it and evaluate it based on what’s in the best interests of the country,” Kelly said told Politico.
Some, like Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) like a talking filibuster but are “not crazy” about making an exception for voting rights. Meanwhile, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) says reform is needed but is promoting more modest changes. She cites the near-impossible odds the party faces in getting all 50 Democrats on board for changing the filibuster unilaterally, also known as the “nuclear option.”
Politico hinted that Schumer may be saber-rattling to signal to the White House and others that there is no way he can get rid of the filibuster and if he did it would cause problems for Senators like Kelly who are up for re-election in a swing state.
“This is a tough game. And I understand they have a tough job to do. I think Chuck has tried to be as fair as he could be this whole year. We did some great things, now they’re coming down to crunch time. And I understand the position they’re in and what they’re doing,” Manchin said on Monday. “But I’ve been very clear where I am. So hopefully they respect that too.”
Given Manchin and Sinema’s staunch opposition to getting rid of the filibuster, Democrats are weighing votes on reinstalling a talking filibuster or a filibuster exemption for voting legislation as alternatives to eliminating the 60-vote threshold entirely. But making those changes would require lockstep unity and going “nuclear” — a unilateral vote to change the rules on party lines.
Except for some of the wackos in the House, few Democrats are willing to fall on the sword to pass the agenda for a president that has some of the worst approval ratings in history.