Biden, Democrats Dealt Fatal Blow As Senator Kyrsten Sinema Announces She Won’t Support Change Of Filibuster Rules

Senator Joe Manchin had already expressed he was a ‘no’ vote on changing the rules

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As President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill on Thursday in an attempt to persuade Democratic lawmakers to back a major change to the Senate’s rules that would allow a pair of voting rights bills to move forward, two key Democratic senators again rejected the idea.

The trip amounts to him putting his money where his mouth is, after delivering an impassioned speech Tuesday in which he said there was “no option” except for senators to do away with the filibuster — a rule that requires 60 votes, rather than a simple majority of 50, to advance most legislation — if the bills could not be advanced another way.


“I’ve been having these quiet conversations with members of Congress for the last two months,” he said Tuesday. “I’m tired of being quiet!”

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