President Biden met privately with Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday evening after the 2 Democratic lawmakers reaffirmed their opposition to altering the legislative filibuster so as to cross main election reform laws.
During the closed-door assembly, the three had “a candid and respectful exchange of views about voting rights,” a White House official mentioned.
Earlier Thursday, Biden all however conceded defeat on passing the Democrats’ voting rights laws after Sinema refused to get behind Biden’s filibuster initiative.
“We must address the disease itself, the disease of division, to protect our democracy,” Simena mentioned throughout a ground speech. “And it cannot be achieved by one party alone.”
Minutes after the speech, Biden met with Democratic senators in a separate closed-door assembly – and emerged with a pessimistic view of passing the voting rights invoice.
“I hope we can get this done, but I’m not sure,” the president mentioned. “But one thing for certain [is that] like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try it a second time.”