We are about to find out just how much grit Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has.
Sinema has lost a major donor, Emily’s List.
The group will no longer support Sinema for refusing to change the filibuster rules.
Eating Their Own
We all know how Democrats would be freaking out right now if it was Republicans that were trying to break the filibuster.
Personally, I do not care who wants to break it… I would not support the move.
It is a shortsighted approach to winning this battle.
The rule specifically ensures that when there is a small majority, or in this case, an evenly split Senate (Harris could cast the tiebreaking vote), one party cannot dominate legislation.
The rule forces bipartisan support.
This is all or nothing for Democrats, however, as they are terrified of losing power.
Even so, liberal donors are now applying pressure to Sinema to get her to cave.
Emily’s List writes some rather significant checks, but the group will not be writing one to Sinema this year.
Laphonza Butler, president of Emily’s List, stated, “Understanding that access to the ballot box and confidence in election results are critical to our work and our country, we have joined with many others to impress upon Sen. Sinema the importance of the pending voting rights legislation in the Senate.
“So far those concerns have not been addressed.”
The full statement can be seen in the tweet below…
An update from our President @LaphonzaB on voting rights pic.twitter.com/flmU4y8qNw
— EMILY's List (@emilyslist) January 18, 2022
Thus far, Sinema has stood tall, stating, “This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”
Sinema also made a statement to Fox News, stating, “While the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to end debate on legislation has been used repeatedly to protect against wild swings in federal policy, including in the area of protecting women’s health care, I said on the Senate floor last week that different people of good faith can have honest disagreements about policy and strategy.
“Such honest disagreements are normal, and I respect those who have reached different conclusions on how to achieve our shared goals of addressing voter suppression and election subversion, and making the Senate work better for everyday Americans.”
I hope you and Senator Manchin (D-W.V.) show your resolve because this pressure is only going to get worse.
Do you think Sinema and Manchin will hold firm?
Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Source: Fox News