It ain’t over till it’s OVER?…
Going into the Oval Office to tell your President and Democratic Party leader and millions of other Democrats and Americans that you cannot vote for a filibuster ‘set aside’ like both parties do ALL the time to get a Voting Rights Bill ?
What kinda possible ‘deal’ could we wangle to save the day?
Can we save the day?
The meeting is over….
The White House said that the meeting began at 5:30pm and lasted for over an hour but did not offer any details on what transpired.
The election reform bills are on the brink of failure in the Senate unless Biden can convince the senators’ to throw their support behind altering the filibuster to overcome GOP opposition.
The closed-door meeting comes hours after Biden went to Capitol Hill to attend a Senate Democratic caucus lunch to discuss the voting rights bills, which have been stalled in the Senate amid Republican opposition.
Biden is trying to change both senators’ minds on altering the legislative filibuster, the 60-vote threshold required to advance most legislation, in order to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
However, Manchin and Sinema, centrist Democrats, both reiterated their opposition to eliminating or weakening the filibuster earlier Thursday and it’s unclear what Biden could say to alter their positions.
Biden himself acknowledged earlier Thursday that he wasn’t sure whether Democrats could pass both bills but pledged to keep fighting.
“The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done,” Biden told reporters after leaving a lengthy meeting with Senate Democrats. “I hope we can get this done, but I’m not sure.”
“Like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try the second time,” he said….