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Before the Senate Election Bill Discussion, Sanders Criticises Manchin and Sinema.

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were criticised by Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday as the Senate prepared to discuss massive election legislation ahead of a probable vote on altering the 60-vote legislative filibuster, which is almost certain to fail.
“There is only one vote that will really matter as the voting rights bill finally comes to the Senate floor,” Sanders (I-Vt.) tweeted.
“Will 50 Democrats vote to overcome the filibuster, safeguard American democracy, and approve the bill, or will Manchin and Sinema vote with the Republicans and allow the bill to die?”
According to The Hill, debate on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will begin at noon on Tuesday, followed by a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting at 5 p.m.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is anticipated to call for a vote to terminate debate on the bill.
The so-called cloture motion, which takes 60 votes to pass, will be defeated by the Republican Party’s united opposition.

After that, Schumer may call a vote on a rule change that would allow the legislation to pass with a simple majority.

Manchin and Sinema, on the other hand, declared last week that they would oppose the measure, angering numerous of their colleagues.
Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) linked Manchin and Sinema’s filibuster support to “arguments surrounding the procedure,” which he claimed permitted segregation to continue for decades after the Civil War.
President Biden and Senate Democratic leaders have pushed for the filibuster to be changed or eliminated in order to pass the election reform bill, and Schumer stated last week that he will demand a vote on relaxing the 60-vote threshold.
Before the Senate Election Bill Discussion, Sanders Criticises Manchin and Sinema.
Before the Senate Election Bill Discussion, Sanders Criticised Manchin and Sinema.
“Make no mistake, the United States Senate will discuss voting rights legislation for the first time this Congress beginning on Tuesday,” he stated on the Senate floor.
“Members of this chamber were elected to discuss and vote, especially on an issue as crucial to our democracy’s beating heart as this one.”
And now we’ll move on.
“And if Senate Republicans choose obstruction above safeguarding the precious right to vote, as we expect them to, the Senate will examine and vote on modifying Senate rules, as it has done many times before, to allow voting rights legislation to pass.”

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The majority leader had promised to hold the vote on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, but the discussion was pushed back due to Sen. Brian Schatz’s (D-Hawaii) COVID-19 diagnosis and a winter storm that hit the DC area over the weekend.

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