Democrats fail to change filibuster, Republicans block voting rights bill

During the 2020 Democratic Presidential primary, then-candidate Joe Biden was made fun of by his chief opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, for believing he could persuade the Republican Party to negotiate with him in order to advance his agenda. Wednesday night, the Republican Party, coupled with Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema, destroyed hopes of advancing the Freedom to Vote Act and John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

All 50 Democrats supported the voting rights bills while all 50 Republicans voted in opposition, which left the Democrats ten votes short of the 60 votes needed to break the filibuster and bring the legislation to the Senate floor for debate. 

“We’ll make up new rules as we go along, invite ourselves and future majorities to disregard the rule book at will,” Manchin said, an opponent of changing the Senate filibuster rules. “Let this change happen this way and the Senate will be a body without rules.”

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