Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee ranking member Sen. Kyrsten Sinema questions witnesses during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UPDATED 7:03 PM PT – Thursday, June 3, 2021
Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) isn’t backing down from her support of the filibuster despite pressure from her Party.
During a border visit on Wednesday, Sinema confirmed her intention to keep the rule in place even if it blocks Democrat’s legislative agenda. The Arizona moderate along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D), have made it clear they want to keep the filibuster. They argued that it “protects the democracy of our nation rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years.”
The rule requires at least 60 votes to pass most bills in the Senate, meaning Democrats would need some GOP backing. However, Democrat leaders have failed to get all Party members on board with the idea of gutting the rule.
Sinema’s comments come after Republicans initiated and were successful in a filibuster against a bill that would form a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.