The Independent reports:
Sen Kyrsten Sinema ripped apart Democratic voters’ hopes of seeing changes to the filibuster that would allow voting rights legislation to pass in a speech on Thursday that reiterated her support for both the legislation itself and the 60-vote threshold that is keeping its passage an impossibility.
In a floor speech, the Arizona Democrat portrayed the Senate’s rule allowing members to block debate on legislation with a 41-vote minority as a necessary tool for safeguarding democracy in a time of unprecedented political divisions.
“I strongly support, and will continue to vote for legislative responses to these state laws,” said the senator. But, she added: “I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country.”
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Officially ending Dem hopes to gut filibuster to pass voting bill, Sinema reiterates her support for 60-vote threshold, saying it’s needed to protect “wild reversals” on policy
“I will not support separate actions that worsen the … disease of division infecting our country.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 13, 2022
BREAKING: “There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation,” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says one day after Pres. Biden announced support for changing filibuster rule to pass voting rights bills. “It is the view I continue to hold.” pic.twitter.com/h6TAnrJT14
— ABC News (@ABC) January 13, 2022
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reiterates opposition to eliminating filibuster, probably dooming Democrats’ voting rights push https://t.co/gVMZdSP3SE
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 13, 2022
Sinema singing the praises of the filibuster to a very Republican audience, including McConnell and much of the “moderate” cohort (Romney, Collins, Sasse). Durbin and Merkley, the latter taking feverish notes, are the only Democrats in attendance.
— Kate Riga (@Kate_Riga24) January 13, 2022