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Biden apparently beats up Sinema, Manchin, for “voting more with my Republican friends”


President Biden on Tuesday blamed two Democratic senators for Congress’ failure to pass a voting bill, apparently a reference to Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

“I hear all the people on TV saying why Biden doesn’t do this?” the president said in an address after meeting survivors of the Tulsa race massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center.

“Well, because Biden only has an effective four-vote majority in the House of Representatives and a tie in the Senate, with two more Senate members voting with my Republican friends,” he added, a rare public reprimand to his own party members.

“June should be month of action on Capitol Hill,” Biden said when he appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House’s efforts to expand voting rights. Biden promised to “fight like the hell” to get the House of Representatives’ passed For the People Act through the Senate.

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Both Manchin and Sinema vote with the president almost 100% of the time, but they are opposed to crushing the 60-vote filibuster, a move that would likely be necessary in order to pass the comprehensive For the People Act. Senators have been urged to change their position on the Senate’s 60-vote hurdle in a bid to stimulate thought, especially after insufficient Republicans voted with the Democrats to support the Jan. 6 commission to investigate the insurrection in the Form Capitol.

Manchin is also against the For the People Act, the election revision bill that would expand postal voting and create automatic voter registration. He says the bill is too broad and too partisan.

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However, Manchin has spoken out in favor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would oblige states with a history of discrimination in elections to clarify new election restrictions with the federal government in advance.

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Biden’s remarks come as GOP-led states across the country proposed electoral security measures in the face of the 2020 elections.

The Texas Republicans encountered an unexpected hurdle over the weekend when the state Democrats left the state chamber for temporary relief Republicans refuse the quorum required to get a final vote on a controversial voting law. Electoral restrictions have been passed into law in the months since the Georgia, Florida and Iowa elections, drawing the wrath of Democrats, who commonly say the legislation targets colored voters and is leading to conviction by some large corporations.

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