Bernie Sanders says Senate Republicans are 'laughing all the way to Election Day' over the lack of votes on consequential legislation
"They have not had to cast one bloody vote — which shows us where they're at," Sanders said of the legislative inaction. "We have got to change that."businessinsider.com
Schumer: 'We made progress' on voting bill, filibuster rules
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats "made progress” toward changing the Senate’s filibuster rules to advance voting legislation, despite the dramatic collapse of the package that his party says is central to protecting democracy.
McConnell: Black people vote at similar rates to 'Americans'
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is drawing criticism for comments he made shortly before the GOP blocked a federal elections bill, when he said that “African American” voters cast ballots at similar rates to “Americans.”.
Voting rights bill collapses in Senate, Democrats unable to change filibuster
The rules change was rejected in a 52-48 vote, with Manchin and Sinema joining the Republicans in opposition. Both Manchin and Sinema say they support the legislation, but Democrats fell far short of the 60 votes needed to advance the bill over the Republican filibuster. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer put forward a more specific rules change for a “talking filibuster” on this one bill. But that, too, failed because Manchin and Sinema said they were unwilling to change the rules on a party-line vote by Democrats alone. Once reluctant himself to change Senate rules, Biden has stepped up his pressure on senators to do just that.mlive.com
Pro-choice PAC Emily's List will cease support for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over voting rights: 'She will find herself standing alone in the next election'
The statement comes after Sinema doubled down on her opposition to overhauling the filibuster, effectively killing Biden's push for voting rights legislation.news.yahoo.com
Senate expected to begin formal voting rights debate Tuesday after a final push for reform on MLK Day
The Senate is expected to begin formal debate on voting rights bills after Democrats made a final push for reform on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This comes as a CBS News poll found 4 in 10 Americans feel the president isn't focused on voting rights access enough. CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe reports.news.yahoo.com
Harris: "Not going to absolve" Manchin, Sinema on voting rights
Vice President Harris said Monday that she is "not going to absolve" any member of the Senate who will not take action to pass voting rights legislation when she was asked specifically about Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).Why it matters: The Senate this week will take up voting legislation that's already passed in the House. The bill is certainly doomed, due to a lack of Republican support and a refusal from Manchin and Sinema to change the filibuster rule.Get market nenews.yahoo.com
Families face budget strain as monthly child tax credit checks stop
American families who depended on the enhanced child tax credit for extra income will not receive payments in January. Stormy Johnson, a mother and student support specialist in West Virginia, joined CBSN to discuss how the lapse is affecting her community and her message to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who opposes the enhanced credit's extension.news.yahoo.com
Beyond Manchin: Dems' $2T bill faces Senate gauntlet
It took half a year but Democrats have driven President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion package of social and climate initiatives through the House. It gets no easier in the Senate, where painful Republican amendments, restrictive rules and Joe Manchin lurk. Facing unbroken GOP opposition, Democrats finally reached agreement among themselves and eased the compromise through the House on Nov. 19.news.yahoo.com
GOP paints Biden's choice for bank regulator as radical
President Joe Biden’s choice to become one of the top banking regulators endured a contentious nomination hearing Thursday, with Republican senators warning she would nationalize the U.S. banking system and Democrats saying she’s eminently qualified and would be tough overseer of Wall Street.
Sen. Sinema hits Dem leaders over honesty, false promises
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) criticized Democratic leadership in a wide-ranging interview with Politico published Wednesday for making false promises by setting expectations for the social spending bill and other legislation far too high.Why it matters: Sinema said that the pledges amount to dishonesty with Americans because they are made with the presumption of agreement within the party, which she believes is an unrealistic and potentially hazardous expectation in a diverse democracy.Get marknews.yahoo.com
Sinema's shift: 'Prada socialist' to corporate donor magnet
Twenty years ago, a Green Party activist running for the Phoenix City Council named Kyrsten Sinema likened raising campaign cash to “bribery.” Now a first-term senator from Arizona, she no longer has such qualms. Once a self-styled “Prada socialist" labeled as “too extreme” by Arizona's Democratic Party, Sinema has found new power as a centrist in a 50-50 Senate where there are no votes to spare, forcing President Joe Biden to downsize his agenda and other Democratic ambitions.news.yahoo.com