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Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of Senate election bill debate


Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed fellow Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) on Monday as the Senate prepares to debate sweeping election legislation ahead of a potential vote on changing the 60-vote legislative filibuster that is sure to lose.

“As the voting rights bill finally comes to the floor of the Senate, there is only one vote which will really matter,” Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted. “Will 50 Democrats vote to override the filibuster, protect American democracy and pass the bill, or will Manchin and Sinema vote with the GOP and let the bill die?”

Debate over the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is set to begin around noon Tuesday and will be followed by a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting at 5 p.m., according to The Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is expected to call for a vote to end debate on the legislation sometime Wednesday. The so-called cloture motion requires 60 votes to succeed and will be defeated by united Republican opposition.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reiterated her opposition to changing the Senate rules.
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Schumer could then bring forward a vote on a rules change that would allow the bills to be passed with a simple majority. However, Manchin and Sinema announced last week that they would not support that move, infuriating several of their colleagues.

On Monday, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) compared Manchin and Sinema’s support of the filibuster to “arguments around procedure,” which he claimed allowed segregation to last for decades after the Civil War.

Senate Democratic leadership and President Biden have pushed for the party to alter or eliminate the filibuster in order to pass the election reform measure, and Schumer announced last week that he would force a vote on weakening the 60-vote rule.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) gestures as he speaks with the media following Senate Democratic lunch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 13, 2022.
Sen. Joe Manchin announced he would not support changing a rule that would allow bills to be passed with a simple majority.
REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

“Make no mistake, the United States Senate will — for the first time this Congress —debate voting rights legislation beginning on Tuesday,” he said on the Senate floor. “Members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote, particularly on an issue as vital to the beating heart of our democracy as this one. And we will proceed.

“And if Senate Republicans choose obstruction over protecting the sacred right to vote — as we expect them to — the Senate will consider and vote on changing the Senate rules, as has been done many times before, to allow for passage of voting rights legislation.”

The majority leader originally vowed to hold the vote by Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but pushed back the debate schedule following the COVID-19 diagnosis of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and a winter storm that affected the DC area over the weekend.

Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of Senate election bill debate
Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted ahead of a potential vote on changing the 60-vote legislative filibuster.
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Tuesday’s caucus meeting will be held in person and will be the first meeting since Manchin and Sinema reiterated their opposition to changing the Senate rules. It will likely be the party’s last chance to change the moderates’ minds. 





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