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Kyrsten Sinema preempts Biden, dashing Democrats? illogical hopes she would move on the filibuster


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SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/01/14/kyrsten-sinema-filibuster/
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But she delivered this floor speech less than 45 minutes before President Biden arrived at the Democratic luncheon where he planned to ask all 50 members of the caucus to support changing Senate rules just for a carve-out to allow voting rights legislation to pass.By speaking out before Biden arrived, Sinema ended what little suspense there was in the long-shot effort to get her and Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) to flip their support of filibuster rules. The constitution is, the preservation of democracy is, but the Senate rules have changed,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said, summing up Biden’s pitch to Democrats Thursday.Kaine played a lead role among moderate Democrats trying to swing Manchin and Sinema to support blowing up the filibuster for voting legislation, growing frustrated by their assertions that Democrats just needed to keep reaching out to Republicans.“We got delivered a message about the facts of life,” Kaine told reporters Thursday, explaining the message Republicans told him months ago about how McConnell has only two major issues he cares about.

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