Biden and Democratic Party struggle to change filibuster rules
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLKN) – Without a change to filibuster rules, Biden and the Democratic Party face challenges passing legislation.
Withstanding harsh criticism from advocates and civil rights organizations, Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia continue to refuse to change senate rules regarding filibustering.
Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is needed to protect democracy is unlikely to pass without a change to these rules.
The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act combines earlier voting rights legislation that was not passed into one bill.
The act would declare Election Day a national holiday, ensure access to early voting and mail-in ballots, and require states with a history of voter discrimination to obtain clearance to change voting laws.
Both Manchin and Sinema support the package but are unwilling to change senate rules to pass it through Republican objections.