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Arizona Dems Censure Sinema Over Filibuster Vote

The Arizona Republic reports: Members of the Arizona Democratic Party executive committee passed Saturday a resolution to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over her vote to keep the filibuster. The closed-door vote Saturday morning came after an avalanche of anger from liberals who characterize Sinema, D-Ariz., as an obstructionist who helped doom Democrats’ chances at passing voting-rights legislation. The censure has …

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Sinema And Manchin Sink Vote On Changing Filibuster

The Associated Press reports: Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed late Wednesday when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The outcome was a stinging defeat for President Joe Biden and his party, coming at the …

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Sen. Mark Kelly Backs Limited Change To Filibuster Rule

The Arizona Republic reports: Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., will support a change to the filibuster rule, The Arizona Republic has learned, showing for the first time a willingness to bend on an issue that has tied the Senate in knots for a year as the Democratic legislative agenda has stalled. Kelly, who is up for reelection this year, will back …

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Sinema Refuses To Budge On Changing Filibuster Rules

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 …

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Schumer: Senate Will Vote On Filibuster Rule Change

The Associated Press reports: Days before the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the Senate will vote on filibuster rules changes to advance stalled voting legislation that Democrats say is needed to protect democracy. In a letter Monday to colleagues, Schumer, D-N.Y., said the Senate “must evolve” and will “debate and consider” …

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Biden Backs Filibuster Carve-Out For Voting Rights Bill

CNN reports: President Joe Biden says he supports making an exception to the Senate filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation. “If the only thing standing between getting voting rights legislation passed and not getting passed is the filibuster, I support making the exception of voting rights for the filibuster,” Biden told ABC News’ David Muir in an …

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Senate Approves Filibuster Exception For Debt Ceiling

The Hill reports: Fourteen Senate Republicans on Thursday helped advance a deal negotiated by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to set up a one-time exemption to the filibuster on raising the debt ceiling. Senators voted 64-36 to close debate on the bill, which also prevents automatic cuts faced by physicians and other medical providers under Medicare from taking effect. …

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Klobuchar: End The Filibuster To Save Abortion Rights

Axios reports: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that the Senate should abolish the filibuster in order to protect abortion rights. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) last week promised to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, codifying Roe v. Wade, when the House returns from recess. Klobuchar said Sunday ending the filibuster would be key …

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Jesse Jackson Arrested At Manchin/Filibuster Protest

Religion News Service reports: The Rev. Jesse Jackson and Poor People’s Campaign co-chair the Rev. William Barber II were among several civil rights and religious activists arrested at a protest outside the U.S. Senate on Wednesday (June 23), where demonstrators demanded West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other lawmakers abolish the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. As police began …

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10 Arrested At Protest Outside Sinema’s AZ Office

Phoenix’s CBS News affiliate reports: Ten people were arrested Tuesday during a protest outside the Phoenix office of Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. The demonstration came the day after the Democratic Senator voiced her support of the “filibuster,” a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to pass most bills. Those who oppose the filibuster say lawmakers use it to block legislation. Protesters …

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Sinema Defends Filibuster Support In New Op-Ed

From an op-ed published by the Washington Post: I will not support an action that damages our democracy because someone else did so previously or might do so in the future. I do not accept a new standard by which important legislation can only pass on party-line votes — and when my party is again in the Senate minority, I …

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Obama: Voting Rights Bill Must Pass Before Midterms

“We can’t wait until the next election because if we have the same kinds of shenanigans that brought about January 6, if we have that for a couple more election cycles, we’re going to have real problems in terms of our democracy [in the] long term. “Since I left office I’ve tried to make a policy not to weigh in …

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New Ad Roasts Sinema On Filibuster Reform [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: A coalition of progressive organizations on Monday announced the launch of a $1.5 million television ad campaign targeting centrist Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) over her opposition to filibuster reform and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Twenty Arizona groups joined Just Democracy, a coalition of over 40 “Black and Brown-led organizations” promoting Democracy reform, in unveiling two hard-hitting …

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Pelosi: I Haven’t Given Up On Joe Manchin [VIDEO]

“I don’t give up on Joe Manchin. When he was governor and Secretary of State in West Virginia he initiated many of the initial ideas that are in the HR 1, S.1, the For the People Act. I read his op-ed and you read a part of it, I think he left the door open. I think it’s ajar. I’m …

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Trump Praises Joe Manchin For Supporting Filibuster

The Independent reports: Donald Trump praised Democratic Senator Joe Manchin for refusing calls to nuke the filibuster, as Democrats face a Republican blockade against Joe Biden’s agenda and legislation on voting rights, infrastructure, gun control and other critical issues. “It’s a very important thing,” the former president told Fox Business Network on Monday. “He’s doing the right thing, and it’s …

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Sinema Cites “Family Matter” For Missing Riot Vote

The Arizona Republic reports: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema broke her silence and explained Tuesday why she missed a procedural vote last week to establish a bipartisan commission to look into the U.S. Capitol riot. Eleven senators did not vote on the bill, including Sinema, D-Ariz., who was a no-show for the May 28 vote. Her office had declined to explain why …

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Manchin Insists He Isn’t “Roadblock” To Dem Agenda

“I’m not a roadblock at all. The best politics is good government. I can’t believe that people believe that if you just do it my way, that will give us the momentum to get through the next election.” “We won’t give this system a chance to work. I am not going to be part of blowing up this senate of …

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Perkins: Ask Jesus To Save The Filibuster As It’s The Only Thing Protecting Us Now From “Evil” Democrats

Via email from hate group leader Tony Perkins: Blowing up the filibuster wouldn’t just end debate and bipartisanship, it would open an express lane to the Left’s most evil policies: the Equality Act, H.R. 1, permanent and unlimited abortion, gun control, open borders, amnesty, Medicare for All, D.C. statehood, and every other horrible idea on Joe Biden’s wish list. This …

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Manchin Adamant Against Any Changes To Filibuster

The Washington Post reports: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III said Wednesday that under no circumstances would he vote to eliminate or weaken the legislative filibuster in his most definitive statement yet on the topic, dealing a blow to Democrats’ hopes of pushing major aspects of President Biden’s agenda through Congress. The West Virginia senator also suggested in an op-ed published …

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Sinema Won’t Budge On Ending Or Changing Filibuster

The Wall Street Journal reports: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has emerged as the staunchest Democratic defender of the filibuster, brushing off fire from the outspoken progressive wing of her party as she tries to stake out a bipartisan reputation in a battleground state. “When you have a place that’s broken and not working, and many would say that’s the Senate today, …

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