In a speech on the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who is seen as a future primary challenger to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), said it is “past time” for her and her colleagues to pass the “freedom to cheat” voter bills that would cripple Republican attempts across the country to secure election integrity.
He targeted the senator for her refusal to change the long-established Senate filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to pass most legislation.
“We won’t shrink from protecting our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans,” Gallego said. “It’s past time for the U.S. Senate and Senator Sinema to do the same.”
Gallego’s statement came after the House passed the two “freedom to cheat” voter bills Thursday: the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Senate Democrats hoped to do the same but do not appear to have the votes. This is why the Senate Democrats are trying to change the long-established Senate filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to pass most legislation.
However, Sinema reaffirmed her opposition in a floor speech Thursday, saying, “I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country. It is the view I continue to hold. It is the belief I have shared many times in public settings and in private settings,” Sinema continued. “Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy.”
Bravo to Sinema for her principled stand in the face of extreme pressure from her power-mad fellow Democrats.