Manchin, D-WV., and Sinema, D-AZ., joined Senate Republicans in opposing the attempt to alter the Senate filibuster on party lines.
The vote, 48-52, Wednesday, followed a failed attempt by Democrats to advance the election bills over the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold.
The outcome on Wednesday was a stunning defeat for President Joe Biden and Democrats, closing in on his first year in office.
“I haven’t given up,” Biden said earlier at a White House press conference.
Because of Manchin and Sinema’s longstanding opposition to filibuster reforms, Wednesday’s results were anticipated.
“Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel on the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart,” Manchin, D-WV., said Wednesday. “Contrary to what some have said, protecting the role of the minority, Democrat or Republican, has protected us from the volatile political swings that we have endured over the last 233 years.”
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