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Kyrsten Sinema Says She Opposes Filibuster Rules Changes Needed To Pass Voting Rights Legislation

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) reiterated her opposition to changing 60-vote threshold as a way to pass voting rights legislation, underscoring how highly unlikely it is the bills will pass.Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has initiated a process to bring the legislation to the floor for debate, but the path likely hinges on ultimately changing the filibuster rules to pass the bills by simple majority.

Sinema and another moderate, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), have been unwilling to change the rules without bipartisan buy in, something that isn’t likely to happen.“Eliminating the 60-vote threshold on a party line vote with the thinnest of possible majorities to pass these bills I support will not guarantee that we prevent demagogues from winning office,” Sinema said.

She argued that the party line vote would only add to division in the country, arguing that the “bitterness within our politics is exacerbated.”In a speech on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said that he supported a rules change as way to pass the bills, arguing that the future of democracy was at stake.

He is going to address the Democratic caucus on Thursday afternoon.Sinema did express support for the legislation, which passed the House on Thursday in a legislative maneuver that will allow Schumer to at least bring debate to the floor.

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