Kirsten Cinema He indicated – or simply emphasized – that the Democrats’ bid to change Senate rules to allow voting rights legislation to pass is already doomed to fail.
In a speech on the Senate floor shortly before that Joe Biden He was due to arrive on Capitol Hill to try to enforce the issue, the Arizona senator said, “As I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that exacerbate the underlying disease of dividing our country.”
These separate actions will include repealing or modifying the opt-out, the rule that empowers the minority by setting a 60-vote threshold for most legislation.
The Senate is divided 50-50 and is controlled by the Democrats via the Vice President, Kamala Harris. Democratic senators represent far more voters than Republican senators, a point often made by advocates of stalling reform.
Democrats who favor change also point out that federal legislation is needed to counter Republican attempts to restrict voting among minorities who tend to favor Democrats, via restrictive statewide laws.
Voter suppression laws are also contested, as are Republicans who support Donald Trump The big lie about electoral fraud seeks to install allies in key positions and facilitate the reversal of election results.
However, Senema and her colleague are moderate Joe Mansion, of West Virginia, has remained steadfast against stalling reform — although both support some form of federal voting rights protection.
They fear the repercussions of the crippling reform if Republicans retake the room, which could happen later this year. Some observers suggest that this is naive, as the Republicans under Mitch McConnell, the man who has made constitutionalism an art form difficult, procrastination may spoil itself with dynamics.
Either way, without Cinema and Mansion, all efforts on this issue by Biden and the majority leader, Chuck Schumer New York, doomed.