It was only last week that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) exercised his moderate leanings and tanked President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation in a single Fox News interview. Now, the only other moderate Democratic member of the upper chamber, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), piled on to the Dem Party’s growing list of problems.
According to Politico, a voting rights bill that was previously passed by the House earlier this year and is currently stalled in the Senate could be passed if Dems take unprecedented action to kill the Senate filibuster rule. But not on Sinema’s watch, as she made clear she will not support nuking the filibuster option.
The news came about as Dems consider reshifting their focus from the failed BBB bill to once again pursuing a voting rights act, which Sinema does support. But she’s not ready to surrender the filibuster rule to make it happen.
According to a statement received by Politico from the senator’s office, Sinema “continues to support the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, to protect the country from repeated radical reversals in federal policy which would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions, and further erode Americans’ confidence in our government.”
Apparently, she’s the only Democrat — along with Manchin — that realizes Democrats will likely soon need the power of the filibuster rule, especially as Republicans now stand a much stronger chance of taking majority control of the Senate after the 2022 midterms.
“Senator Sinema has asked those who want to weaken or eliminate the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation which she supports if it would be good for our country to do so,” one of the Arizona senator’s spokespeople said.
The senator, along with Manchin, reportedly recently attended a Democratic meeting during which possible avenues were discussed that could help pass the voting rights bill in the Senate.
Manchin echoed Sinema’s feelings on the matter, saying recently that the issue is “a tough one … because what goes around comes around here. You’ve got to be very careful what you do.”
Only time will tell if top Democratic Party leaders get to both moderate senators and convince them to change their minds, but at this point, it appears as if their decisions on the matter are pretty solid.