Poor Joe. First, the SCOTUS shuts down his vaccine mandate, then Kyrsten Sinema dashes Biden’s hopes for passage of the so-called “voting rights bill.”
The House passed a voting rights bill on Thursday and sent it to the Senate as part of a procedural move that allows Chuck Schumer to bypass a Republican filibuster in order to start debate on the legislation.
After the bill passed, Speaker Nancy Pelosi shipped it to the Senate as a ‘message’ from the House. This allows Schumer to skip the 60-vote threshold needed to start debate in the Senate.
Schumer will still need 60 votes to file cloture to end debate on the bill. That requires support from at least 10 GOP, which is unlikely.
At that point, Schumer can opt to “go nuclear” and change the Senate rules to have the bill proceed with a simple majority.
Sounds like that’s something in Joe’s favor, right? Not so much.
In that scenario, Schumer still needs all 50 Democrats to support changing the Senate rules, and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema made it absolutely clear Thursday that she’s playing ball.
Sinema Delivers Senate Floor Remarks on Voting Rights, America's Divisions, and the U.S. Senate https://t.co/72zAFWDPjO
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) January 13, 2022
“There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema said in her comments. “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
She added: “But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues.”
To say Biden was ‘triggered’ by Sinema’s comments is an understatement.
Biden: "I hope we can get this done. The honest to God answer is I don't know whether we can get this done." pic.twitter.com/wOBjMR5WX2
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) January 13, 2022
Boy, he gets cranky when he hasn’t had his nap.
Mock n’ Rob have more in the clip below.