An attempt by Democrats to force a vote on changing the filibuster in the Senate to make it easier to pass its voting rights bill failed on Wednesday.
All 50 Republican senators, along with Democrats Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ), opposed the measure, leaving just 48 votes of the 60 needed for the filibuster rule change to pass.
Manchin accuses fellow Dems of taking ‘easy way out’ with filibuster nuclear option votehttps://t.co/23FdS7Pd8n
— Fox News (@FoxNews) January 19, 2022
“A few hours ago this chamber, with the eyes of the nation upon it and with the evidence of vote suppression laid bare before it… took a vote to move to final passage on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, according to Fox News.
“It received 50 votes, and with the vice president we would have had a majority,” he added.
Democrats have long opposed changing the filibuster, as recent videos have shown, using past clips revealing the previous view of lawmakers, including Biden.
Reupping this as Senate Dems – who have defended the filibuster for years – go to vote to gut it. pic.twitter.com/cy0iBn9fC6
— GOP (@GOP) January 20, 2022
The change in perspective is based on political strategy to help garner votes in the next election. Those who don’t see this are missing the bigger picture.