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President Biden to Head to Capitol Hill to Make Case on Voting Rights

President Joe Biden will be traveling to Capitol Hill on Thursday as he is expected to continue to push for passage of voting legislation in Congress, despite the challenging battle his party faces amid Republican opposition and resistance within their own ranks to changing Senate rules.
The President of the United States is expected to attend the Senate Democratic caucus lunch later today to discuss the effort to pass voting bills and other potential changes to Senate rules, a senior Democratic source informed the press.
The White House press secretary Jen Psaki also confirmed that the President will be attending the Democratic Senate lunch, also informing that he will go to make the case directly to members for the new voting legislation.
President Joe Biden’s planned trip to Capitol Hill comes after the President called on the Senate in a forceful speech earlier this week to change its filibuster rules in order to pass voting legislation. The challenge for Mr. Biden’s Democratic party is that they don’t have the votes to pass voting legislation under current Senate rules due to Republican opposition and the Democrats also do not appear to have the votes to change the rules. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two influential moderates, have already expressed opposition in eliminating the 60-vote threshold required to pass most legislation.
Even after such serious hurdles, Democrats are gearing up to implement a plan where the House will first pass voting legislation and then send it to the Senate. Mr. Joe Biden’s party, that is the Democratic party would then need 60 votes to break a filibuster to move to final passage, setting the stage for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, to finalize and force the vote to change the rules.
The Democratic Party, obviously is under intense pressure from grassroots activists and their voters to pass legislation to safeguard voting access but has continually seen disappointment in the Senate, where at least 10 Republicans would need to join with all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus to pass voting legislation in order to overcome a filibuster. Most members of the Senate belonging to the Republican Party have dismissed and declined the attempts by Democrats to pass voting bills as reckless partisan overreach.
President Joe Biden’s decision to make a high-profile push on voting rights has been seen as a major pillar of his and his party’s domestic agenda has stalled out, raising questions and doubts over what Democrats in the Senate will be able to accomplish now, while they still maintain the White House and close majorities in both chambers of Congress.
Last year, Manchin had said he could not support the sweeping social safety net expansion also known as the Build Back Better Act. It is still not if members of the Democratic Party will be able to mitigate any of the legislation in the aftermath of that setback.



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