Well, that didn’t take long.
Senator Chuck Schumer’s filibuster threat just went up in smoke.
As we previously reported, Schumer was threatening to remove the filibuster if Republicans refused to approve the radical unconstitutional HR 1 voting rights bill.
“We must ask ourselves: if the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, then how can we in good conscience allow for a situation in which the Republican Party can debate and pass voter suppression laws at the State level with only a simple majority vote, but not allow the United States Senate to do the same?” Schumer wrote, claiming that they “must adapt” and “must evolve.”
All of that is over now after two Democrat Senators told Schumer to go pound sand.
Not only did Senator Joe Manchin kill the idea of removing the filibuster but Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema doubled down on her claim she will not support any effort to get rid of the 60 vote threshold.
Kyrsten Sinema reiterated during yesterday’s virtual Democratic caucus lunch she will not support any effort to get rid of the 60-vote threshold, according to two sources familiar with the callhttps://t.co/ZgZ1y7clkU
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) January 5, 2022
As we said earlier this week, Schumer has a big problem, he doesn’t have the votes for the bill or to end the filibuster. Both Senator Manchin and Sinema have said they will not vote to get rid of the filibuster and Sinema (Democrat Arizona) has already said she will not vote for HR1.
“Senator Sinema has asked those who want to weaken or eliminate the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation which she supports if it would be good for our country to do so,” said her spokesperson John LaBombard. He told furious Democrats that the bill could “rescinded in a few years and replaced by a nationwide voter-ID law, nationwide restrictions on vote-by-mail, or other voting restrictions currently passing in some states extended nationwide.”
Manchin, who killed the BBB bill isn’t on board either.
“Being open to a rules change that would create a nuclear option. It’s very, very difficult. It’s a heavy lift,” he told reporters.
“I’m talking. I’m not agreeing to any of this. … I want to talk and see all the options we have open,” Manchin added.
It was over before it started.