Politics Martin Luther King III says history will remember Sen. Kyrsten Sinema 'unkindly' for not supporting filibuster reform to pass voting rights
Democrats Moved the Filibuster Overton Window
Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema may be the last in their party to support maintaining the procedure.But for activists, the long battle over voter protections hasn’t been entirely in vain: It’s fundamentally changed the center of gravity in the Democratic Party to the point where those two holdouts are likely to be the last Democrats ever elected to the Senate who support maintaining the filibuster, at least for voting rights.
- Civil rights groups skewered Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for opposing changing the Senate filibuster rules.
- "History will remember Senator Sinema unkindly," said Martin Luther King III.
- A Georgia-based group said Sinema "cried crocodile tears" while Americans were losing their rights.
Civil rights leaders and voting rights groups lit into Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for her decision to reject President Biden's push to weaken the Senate's filibuster in order to pass the party's major voting rights package.
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"History will remember Senator Sinema unkindly. While Sen. Sinema remains stubborn in her 'optimism,' Black and Brown Americans are losing their right to vote," Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., said in a statement. "She's siding with the legacy of Bull Connor and George Wallace instead of the legacy of my father and all those who fought to make real our democracy."
that changing the 60-vote threshold for most legislation would "worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country." The Arizona Democrat reiterated her support for her party's two biggest voting rights bills, but her opposition to changing the filibuster almost certainly guarantees that both pieces of legislation will fail.
Senate begins debate on voting rights ahead of filibuster showdown
For the first time this Congress, the Senate is expected to debate voting rights legislation on Tuesday ahead of a showdown on the filibuster rule this week. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer opened debate on the House-passed voting rights bill, a combination bill wrapping in both the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, on Tuesday afternoon.
Voto Latino, a nonprofit focused on encouraging young Hispanic voters,to think that there would be bipartisan support for federal voting rights legislation. Just one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, supports legislation named after the late Congressman John Lewis that would restore parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Andrea Waters King, another of Martin Luther King Jr.'s children and the president of the Drum Major Institute, said: "We'll be in Phoenix this weekend to remind Senator Sinema what Dr. King once said: 'The time is always right to do what is right.'"
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One of the Georgia-based voting groupsalso came out swinging over Sinema's comments.
MLK family calls on Biden to put power of presidency behind voting
The family of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is calling on President Joe Biden to put the same 'power and passion' he put into infrastructure bill into passing voting rights legislation. 'What we've seen with President Biden is what happens when he puts his full force and power behind an issue like infrastructure. What we want to see is that same power and passion being put behind voting rights,' Arndrea Waters King, the wife of Martin Luther King III told Politico's Playbook. 'We hope that [Monday] is a working day for President Biden.'She said the King family has long seen his holiday as a 'day of action.
"While Senator Sinema cries crocodile tears on the Senate floor, the rights of Americans are being actively attacked," Nsé Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, said in a statement. "Her plea for bipartisanship might have more credibility if a single Republican had stepped forward to defend democracy. There already is a 'sustained, robust effort' to defend American democracy. It's the one that put Senators Warnock and Ossoff into office and created the political space that she so cynically exploits."
President Joe Biden attended Senate Democrats' caucus meeting on Thursday afternoon as the party tries to find a way forward to pass voting rights legislation before its self-imposed deadline of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.
"I hope we can get this done. But the honest to God answer is I don't know whether we can get this done,"
During the meeting, another member of the Arizona delegation, Rep. Ruben Gallego,to rebut Sinema's remarks.
"Today the House showed where it stands. We won't shrink from protecting our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans. It's past time for the U.S. Senate and Senator Sinema to do the same," he said.
Opinion: The White moderates MLK warned us about .
In an open letter, initially scrawled in the margins of a newspaper, Dr. King addressed a group of fellow clergymen who claimed to support the Black freedom movement but criticized nonviolent civil disobedience as a tactic, writes Victor Ray."I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the White moderate who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice.