Two Democratic senators are strongly opposed to changing Senate rules to carry out the reforms, which are likely to break hopes.
US President Joe Biden has admitted he is unsure whether his Democratic Party will succeed Landmark Voting Rights Reform Legislation after key senators doubled their opposition to changing Senate rules.
Biden met with Democratic senators on Thursday in hopes of gaining support for a temporary rule change that would allow only a simple majority of the 100-member chamber to pass the voting law.
Under current rules, a minority of just 41 senators could block the passage of legislation. The chamber is currently divided into 50-50 Republicans and Democrats, with Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat, casting the casting vote in the event of a strike.
“The honest answer to God is that I do not know if we can do this,” Biden told reporters after the meeting. “As long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all, I’m going to fight,” he said.
The recognition came shortly after Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema told reporters she would not support a “short-sighted” rule change to allow the bill to be passed, other than the shattering hope that Democrats will have the 50 votes needed is to make such a change.
Senator Joe Manchin, who was one of the lawmakers who met with Biden on Thursday, also reaffirmed his opposition to changing the ability of a minority of senators to block the adoption of the legislation, a mechanism known as the filibuster.
“To end the filibuster would be the easy way out. “I can not support such a dangerous course for this nation,” he said in a statement after the meeting.
The Biden administration has approved the adoption of federal suffrage reform a highest priority 2022, with the president promising in a speech on Tuesday: “I will not concede. I will not back down.”
Attention has turned to federal-level reforms after former US President Donald Trump, a Republican, led a campaign, driven by unfounded claims of voter fraud, to reverse the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Although unsuccessful, Trump’s rhetoric resonated in Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country, with at least 19 states by 2021. implement legislation lawyers say makes it harder for some citizens to vote.
Democrats support two federal pieces of legislation that will represent the biggest revision of U.S. elections in a generation by reducing the barriers to voting instituted in the name of electoral security, reducing the influence of big money in politics, and biased influence over the drawing of congressional districts.