Two Democratic senators are staunchly opposed to changing Senate rules to pass reforms, which could dash hopes.
US President Joe Biden admits he’s not sure his Democrats will be able to pass Landmark Voting Rights Reform Legislation After key senators doubled down on their opposition to changing Senate rules.
Biden met with Democratic senators on Thursday, hoping to gain support for a temporary rule change that would allow only a simple majority of 100 lawmakers to pass voting rights legislation.
Under current rules, only a handful of 41 senators can block the passage of legislation. The chamber is currently split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris taking the decisive vote in the event of a tie.
“The honest answer to God is that I don’t know if we can get the job done,” Biden told reporters after the meeting. “As long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m involved, I’m going to fight,” he said.
The acknowledgment came shortly after Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema told reporters she would not support a “short-sighted” rule change to allow the bill to pass, giving Democrats nearly the 50 percent needed to make such a change Hopes for votes were dashed.
Sen. Joe Manchin, one of the lawmakers Biden met Thursday, also reiterated his opposition to changing the ability of a handful of senators to block legislation from passing, a mechanism known as a filibuster.
“Ending the filibuster would be an easy way out. I cannot support such a dangerous approach by this country,” he said in a statement after the meeting.
The Biden administration has made it a priority to pass federal voting reforms top priority Heading into 2022, the president promised in a speech on Tuesday: “I will not give in. I will not back down.”
Attention has turned to the federal level after former U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, led a campaign aimed at overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election, fueled by baseless accusations of voter fraud. reform.
Though unsuccessful, Trump’s rhetoric resonates in Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country, with at least 19 states in 2021 pass legislation Make it harder for some citizens to vote, advocates say.
Democrats are backing two federal legislation that would represent the biggest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, removing barriers to voting enacted in the name of election security, reducing the influence of big money in politics and limiting partisan influence in elections Impact. Congressional district.