In the realm of politics, 2021 started just as insane as 2020 ended, with Democrats winning two crucial Georgia runoff seats that resulted in a 50-50 tie in the U.S. Senate. With Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote, it gives Democrats control of the upper chamber.
In order to accomplish President Joe Biden’s leftist agenda, Democrats need to abolish the filibuster, which gives the GOP minority some power to push back against undesirable legislation. Many Democrats are on board with the notion, but Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) broke ranks with the party, according to Breitbart, and clearly opposed the elimination of the controversial rule.
“Kyrsten is against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster,” a spokesperson for the Arizona senator revealed to the Washington Post.
At the crux of the renewed debate over the filibuster rule is the rare instance of the 50-50 split Senate. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is attempting to broker a power-sharing agreement with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, which includes the continued use of the filibuster.
So far, Schumer has not agreed to an agreement that would keep the filibuster rule in effect. Reportedly, some Democrats believe that simply threatening to kill the filibuster rule — without actually getting rid of it — serves as a powerful enough deterrent to keep Republicans from using it to obstruct virtually every piece of legislation that President Joe Biden wishes to pass.
Sinema is apparently looking at the big picture, as far as her stance on keeping the filibuster rule, which she made clear late last year in a statement to Politico.
They will not get my vote on [nuking the filibuster],” she said at the time. “In fact, whether I’m in the majority or the minority I would always vote to reinstate the protections for the minority. … It is the right thing for the country.”
Her firm stance on the issue severely hampers progressives in the Democrat party who believe the opposite and would love nothing more than to end McConnell’s filibuster power. Given that all Senate Democrats would need to agree in a vote to end the filibuster, Sinema’s decision effectively kills the idea.