Senate Plans Out Next Steps In Voting Rights Push

January 12, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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January 12, 2022

After President Joe Biden’s big voting rights speech in Georgia Tuesday, Senate Democrats are mapping out a strategy to hold votes on rules changes.

The obstacles — as they were in the beginning, are now and ever shall be, Amen — are Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Manchin has expressed openness to small technical changes to the filibuster; it’s unclear where Sinema is, aside from recently expressing support for the 60-vote threshold.

Expect a day of meetings with these two while we dig for clues to illuminate Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) plans. Schumer has promised a rules vote no later than Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, on Monday.

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After President Joe Biden’s big voting rights speech in Georgia Tuesday, Senate Democrats are mapping out a strategy to hold votes on rules changes.

The obstacles — as they were in the beginning, are now and ever shall be, Amen — are Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Manchin has expressed openness to small technical changes to the filibuster; it’s unclear where Sinema is, aside from recently expressing support for the 60-vote threshold.

Expect a day of meetings with these two while we dig for clues to illuminate Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) plans. Schumer has promised a rules vote no later than Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, on Monday.

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