May 23, 2022

Sinema ends plan by Democrats to change filibuster rule

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema ended her party’s hopes to end the Senate filibuster when she announced on Thursday her opposition to the change.

“These deepening divisions hurt our ability to work together. … Americans across the country know this. They see it every day, not only on social media and cable news, but at their jobs and around dinner tables,” Sinema said.

“We are divided. It is more likely today that we look at other Americans who have different views and see the other or even see them as enemies instead of as fellow countrymen and women who share our core values.”

Sinema said she supports the current Democrat voting rights bills but refused to support changing the rules of the Senate in order to approve them.

“This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year,” she said during her Senate floor speech.

Sinema’s view adds to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, ending the votes needed for the change to move forward in the Senate.

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