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Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster - The New York Times

Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster

"Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said she would not support undermining the Senate filibuster to enact new voting rights laws, presenting a major obstacle for President Biden’s drive to push the protections through Congress.Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s drive to push new voting rights protections through Congress hit a major obstacle on Thursday when Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, declared that she would not support undermining the Senate filibuster to enact new laws under any circumstances.

Pre-empting a presidential visit to the Capitol to meet privately with Democrats, Ms. Sinema took to the floor to say that while she backed two new voting rights measures and was alarmed about new voting restrictions in some states, she believed that a unilateral Democratic move to weaken the filibuster would only foster growing political division.

“These bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself,” Ms. Sinema said. “And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”

Her comments were a major setback for Mr. Biden, who delivered a speech in Atlanta two days earlier, calling for a change in Senate rules if necessary, and was traveling to Capitol Hill on Thursday to try to persuade Senate Democrats. Ms. Sinema has been under pressure from her colleagues to drop her opposition to a rules change, but her refusal to reverse course appeared to doom the bills in the Senate.

Her speech followed House passage on Thursday of a repackaged set of voting rights bills. Lawmakers pushed past Republican opposition and hurriedly sent the legislation to the Senate to force a showdown over the fate of the measures and the reach of the filibuster.

Acting as part of a Democratic plan to expedite consideration of the bills in the Senate, the House approved the new measure on a party-line vote of 220 to 203 after a heated partisan debate in which lawmakers clashed over the state of election laws across the country.


House Passes Voting Rights Bill

The House passed a set of voting rights measures in a party-line 220 to 203 vote. In a move aimed at bypassing a Republican filibuster in the Senate, the legislation joined two separate bills already passed by the House with an unrelated measure covering NASA.

“It is a day when Democrats will once again take a strong step to defend our democracy as we send the Freedom to Vote John R Lewis Act to the Senate for urgent, urgent consideration. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy.” “Our colleagues object to guaranteeing the people’s right to vote through the vehicle of a NASA bill of all things. You know, a quarter-century ago, Republicans changed Texas State law to permit astronauts to vote absentee from space. They want to make it easier to vote from space, and they want to make it harder to vote on Earth. In the last election, tens of thousands of citizens in Texas waited in line for six hours to vote. An astronaut on the International Space Station could have orbited planet Earth four times in the six hours that Texas forced some of its citizens to wait in line to vote.” “Republicans are trying to protect everyone’s right to vote and the integrity of the election. It boggles my mind that in some cities in the United States, non-citizens are allowed to vote. And here in Washington, D.C., and other cities, when we go to a restaurant, we need to show our passport — vaccination database passports — saying that we’re fully vaccinated before we’re allowed to enter. But yet my Democrat colleagues don’t seem to want voter ID.” “Anything that’s happened before, can happen again. It was the lack of the vote that had 95 years between George Washington Murray, who was the last African American to represent South Carolina here in this body, until I came along in 1992.” “Gentleman’s time has expired.” “Why? Because the right to vote was taken away.” “Gentleman’s time has expired.” “The results were nullified. We are not going back.” “On this vote, the yeas are 220, the nays are 203. The motion is adopted without objection. A motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. The motion has passed.”

The House passed a set of voting rights measures in a party-line 220 to 203 vote. In a move aimed at bypassing a Republican filibuster in the Senate, the legislation joined two separate bills already passed by the House with an unrelated measure covering NASA.Tom Brenner for The New York Times

The new legislation combined two separate bills already passed by the House — the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — and joined them in what had been an unrelated measure covering NASA. The move will allow the Senate to bring the bill directly to the floor, skirting an initial filibuster, although Republicans could still block it from coming to a final vote.

Democrats said the legislation was urgently needed to offset efforts taking hold in Republican-led states to make it more difficult to vote after Democratic gains in the 2020 elections and former President Donald J. Trump’s false claim that the vote was stolen. They argue that the flurry of new state laws is clearly intended to reduce voting in minority communities, amounting to a contemporary version of the kinds of restrictions that were prevalent before the enactment of landmark civil rights laws in the 1960s.

“There are people who don’t want you to vote and they are using every tool in the toolbox to make it harder,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida, referring to the enactment over the past year of new voting restrictions in Republican-led states. “Voter suppression has not been consigned to the history books. It is here today, right now.”

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Republicans railed against the maneuver used to pass the House bill on Thursday, accusing Democrats of “hijacking” the space agency measure to push through legislation that they said represented federal intrusion into state voting operations to give an unfair advantage to Democratic candidates.

“This is one giant leap backward for American election integrity,” said Representative Tom Tiffany, Republican of Wisconsin.

Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, said the Senate would begin debate on the House-passed bill as quickly as possible. It will be the Senate’s fifth attempt to consider such legislation after Republicans have used the filibuster four times to prevent the bills from even reaching the floor.

“The Senate will finally hold a debate on the voting rights legislation for the first time in this Congress,” Mr. Schumer said on Thursday. “Every senator will be faced with the choice of whether or not to pass this legislation to protect our democracy.”

President Biden had a major setback when Senator Kyrsten Sinema said she would not support undermining the Senate filibuster.
Doug Mills/The New York Times

While all 50 Senate Democrats are in support of the legislation, Republicans are almost uniformly opposed, leaving Democrats short of the 60 votes needed under current rules to end debate and force a final vote. President Biden urged Democrats on Tuesday to force through a rules change for the voting rights legislation to allow the party to circumvent a filibuster through a simple majority.

At least two Democrats — Ms. Sinema and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia — have so far said they would not do so, meaning the legislation will die in the Senate if they do not change their positions. 

Understand the Battle Over U.S. Voting Rights

Why are voting rights an issue now? In 2020, as a result of the pandemic, millions embraced voting early in person or by mail, especially among Democrats. Spurred on by Donald Trump’s false claims about mail ballots in hopes of overturning the election, the G.O.P. has pursued a host of new voting restrictions.

The Freedom to Vote Act contains an array of proposals to establish nationwide standards for ballot access, aiming to nullify the wave of new restrictions in states. It would require a minimum of 15 consecutive days of early voting and that all voters are able to request to vote by mail; it would also establish new automatic voter registration programs and make Election Day a national holiday. It is a narrower version of legislation that Democrats introduced early last year but revised to suit Mr. Manchin, who said the original bill was overly broad and insisted on including a provision requiring voters to present some form of identification.

A second measure named for Representative John Lewis, the civil rights icon and former congressman who died in 2020, would restore parts of the landmark Voting Rights Act weakened by Supreme Court rulings. Among the provisions was one mandating that jurisdictions with a history of discrimination win prior approval — or “preclearance” — from the Justice Department or federal courts in Washington before changing their voting rules.

Mr. Schumer has set a Monday deadline for action, timing it to the observance of the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Democrats said that deadline was appropriate.

“The right to vote has not been so endangered since Dr. King walked among us,” said Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the majority leader."

Sinema Says She Will Not Support Changing Filibuster - The New York Times

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