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Kamala Harris urges Dems to seize 'opportunity' on filibuster, but Manchin immediately extinguishes the idea

Added 01-12-22 02:17:01pm EST - “Vice President Kamala Harris urged Democrats on Tuesday to seize the "opportunity" to pass voting reform, disparaging the Senate filibuster and suggesting the mechanism should be eliminated. But Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) immediately…” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Kamala Harris urges Dems to seize 'opportunity' on filibuster, but Manchin immediately extinguishes the idea”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Vice President Kamala Harris urged Democrats on Tuesday to seize the “opportunity” to pass voting reform, disparaging the Senate filibuster and suggesting the mechanism should be eliminated. But Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) immediately threw cold water on the idea.

The Biden administration and Democratic Party leaders have been pressuring moderate Democrats — like Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — to abolish the Senate filibuster, thereby allowing Democrats to ram through Biden's agenda unencumbered by the constraints of democracy.

But a massive problem, aside from recalcitrant Democrats, stands in their way: the 2022 midterm elections. Nearly all election forecasts predict that Democrats' control of Congress will evaporate when November hits. Harris recognized this reality during a speech in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Accusing Republicans of exploiting "arcane rules" — a trite reference to the Senate filibuster, a mechanism that Democrats and Republicans both have used as a means to block one-party rule — Harris urged lawmakers to act on voting reform.

"We do not know when we will have this opportunity again," she said. "Senate Republicans have exploited arcane rules to block these bills."

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