Politics Jesse Jackson and William Barber arrested at anti-filibuster sit-in outside Kyrsten Sinema's office in Phoenix
Biden's silence on filibuster strains Democrats' patience
President Biden gave an impassioned speech this week on democracy and protecting the right to vote, but Democratic strategists and activists say it's something he failed to mention - namely filibuster reform - that could cost him."This is really the first place that Biden risks losing the base," said one top Democratic strategist."It's no accident that it's the issue of voting rights. I think Black voters feel like 'we did the hard work and"This is really the first place that Biden risks losing the base," said one top Democratic strategist.
Revs.and William Barber were released from police custody on Monday after being arrested at a sit-in outside Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema's office in .
The demonstration, held in Phoenix, was held to demand an end to the filibuster, a move opposed by Sinema that would remove the 60-vote threshold for passing most pieces of legislation.
Jackson and Barber, who were among, face misdemeanor criminal trespassing charges, the Phoenix Police Department told local .
The organization that hosted the sit-in, Repairers of the Breach,Jackson and Barber were among the group facing charges.
Biden says eliminating the filibuster would 'throw the entire Congress into chaos' and 'nothing will get done'
Biden has frustrated voting rights advocates with his hesitancy to push for changes to the Senate filibuster while decrying restrictive election laws.The current Senate filibuster rules require 60 votes to advance to debate and to pass most legislation, except some budget-related measures, like the American Rescue Plan, that can be passed by a simple majority with budget reconciliation.
Rev. Jesse Jackson emerging from suv after civil rights icon was arrested by Phoenix PD in protest at— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) ’s district office. Rev William Barber was also in vehicle after his arrest. Protesters were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.
Protesters outside the senator's office favor the Democratic-backed, which passed the House but was , employing the filibuster. Democrats say the legislation would expand voting access and reduce the influence of money in elections, while Republicans warn it amounts to a federal takeover of the election system that will create opportunities for fraud.
“He lied”: Black activists shame Biden's new filibuster defense as "magical thinking"
Biden thinks he can win over Republicans. Voting rights advocates say he's ignoring reality US President Joe Biden participates in a CNN Town Hall hosted by Don Lemon at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 21, 2021.
Sinema's office released a statement noting she supports the voting rights legislation but repeated her stance against ending the filibuster.
"Would it be good for our country if we did, only to see that legislation rescinded a few years from now and replaced by a nationwide voter-ID law or restrictions on voting by mail in federal elections, over the objections of the Senate minority?" a spokesperson for Sinema asked.
"That is one example of how the filibuster helps protect the country from wild swings between opposing policy poles," the spokesperson added.
The demonstration on Monday was the second protest in July at Sinema's district office for her support of the filibuster, a local KPNX TV journalist.
The Washington Examiner contacted PPD, Sinema's office, and the Repairers of the Breach but did not immediately receive a response.
New Dem Ad Campaign Tells Sen. Sinema: You’re ‘the Problem’
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is facing a fresh round of attacks from progressives aiming to turn up the pressure on the moderate Democrat back home and push her leftward on their most burning issues. Just Democracy, a coalition of advocacy groups run by progressive Black and brown organizers, is launching a new six-figure advertising campaign targeting Sinema, hitting cable stations in her home state of Arizona on Wednesday. The ads, seen first by TheJust Democracy, a coalition of advocacy groups run by progressive Black and brown organizers, is launching a new six-figure advertising campaign targeting Sinema, hitting cable stations in her home state of Arizona on Wednesday.
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