Senate Republicans shoot Democratic efforts down…..
They will continue their efforts to suppress voting….
Efforts to counter that they will be countered with uninimity…..
Talking about changing the filibuster is fine….
But President Biden isn’t ‘there’ on that…..
Neither is Sen Manchin….
Without those two?
The filibuster idea is a noi starter….
Senate Republicans again blocked a sweeping voting rights bill on Wednesday, a move that will significantly increase pressure on Democrats to do away with the filibuster, a Senate rule that has stymied the most significant priorities in Congress.
The vote was 49-51 along party lines (Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, switched to vote no at the last minute in a procedural maneuver that will allow him to bring up the bill again for a vote). Because the filibuster requires 60 votes to proceed, Republicans succeeded in blocking the measure….
There is pressure to immediately pass voting rights legislation because states are in the middle of the once-per-decade process of redrawing district maps. Absent new protections, new congressional and state legislative districts across the country could be unfairly tilted towards Republicans for the next decade. The GOP is also well positioned to take control of the US House of Representatives in 2022.
The bill is one of two critical pieces of voting rights legislation Democrats have championed. The other is the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would set a new formula that would restore federal oversight of elections to certain places and specific practices. That bill has also passed the House and is waiting for a vote in the Senate.
Joe Biden has offered full-throated support for both bills, but has not been willing to publicly pressure Manchin or Sinema on the filibuster. The White House is facing pressure from some civil rights groups who believe it is not being aggressive enough in pushing for the bills….
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is opposed to raising tax rates on corporations and high-income households, prompting Democrats to consider paying for their social spending package in other ways, according to media reports.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Sinema has told lobbyists that she’s opposed to rate hikes, and as a result, Democrats are looking into crafting legislation that excludes those proposals.
The Journal reported that proposals related to increasing taxes on U.S. companies’ foreign earnings and strengthening IRS enforcement remain options for Democrats….