Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema wrecked Pres. Biden’s hopes of destroying the federal election integrity laws, causing Dems to panic about next year’s midterms.
While Joe Biden was forced to shelve his huge tax and spend package until 2022 because of Dem Senator Joe Manchin’s opposition, Pres. Biden immediately switched over to enact his second priority of changing election integrity laws, such as throwing out the popular voter ID constraints.
“We should get the congressional voting rights done if we can. There is nothing domestically more vital than voting rights,” Biden stated.
But Sinema singlehandedly burst Pres. Biden’s desperate attempt to weaken the election integrity laws this week by stating she would protect the 60-vote filibuster threshold. Fifty votes in the Senate are needed to get rid of the filibuster. If the filibuster is thrown out, a simple majority vote can be held to destroy election laws.
To lure Sinema into destroying our election laws, Dems have altered their original H.R.1 proposal. Yet Sen. Sinema’s spokesman John LaBombard has told Politico that she would protect the filibuster’s bipartisan standard and ultimately election integrity.
“She continues to support the 60-vote threshold in the senate, to protect the nation from repeated radical reversals in federal policies which would deepen divisions, cement uncertainty, and further erode the confidence Americans’ have in our government,” LaBombard said.
Sinema’s spokesman also stated that Sinema may be interested in a watered down “voting rights” bill if it received bipartisan support over the filibuster’s threshold.
“Sen. Sinema has asked if it would be good for our nation to eliminate or weaken the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation which she supports,” LaBombard said.
Sinema’s position has caused congressional Dems to be concerned that 2020’s pandemic election laws won’t be applied next year, such as voting by mail and other weakened voting measures. If temporary 2020 elections laws change back to pre-pandemic rules it will likely decrease the Democrats’ chances of winning elections.
“I do not want to become overly dramatic,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) told Politico this week, “but voting rights might be the only thing we have to at least stop the trek away from democracy.”
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) also shared his concerns that if election integrity laws are reinstated before next year’s midterms, America’s democratic republic will no longer exist.
“I don’t want it to be constrained by rushing to get it before the year is over. I don’t know that you have to do it before the end of the year,” Clyburn said. “I just want us to get a bill passed that will help preserve our democracy because if we do not, I think we have lost this democracy.”
Democratic Rep. Anthony Brown echoed Clyburn’s urgency. “I want to see Joe Biden start running people in and out of the WH,” Brown said. “I want to begin by seeing Joe Biden use the full leverage of his office. It is a crisis in democracy and Biden needs to address it.”
MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton said that if election integrity laws are not weakened, the Dem base voters won’t vote for Democrats.
“An inaction at this time would lead to an inaction of the Black voters. People are saying, ‘If they do not do this, I’m not voting,’” Sharpton stated. “People are saying that they feel betrayed.”
Author: Blake Ambrose