White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is expected to hold a briefing as congressional debate stalled the voting rights bill on Thursday.
The event is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm ET. Look at Psaki’s replicas in the player above.
Shortly before President Joe Biden met with Senatorial Democrats on Thursday, hoping to shake up stalled legislation, Senator Kirsten Sinema further reduced the bill’s chances by saying she could not support a “short-sighted” rule change to overcome the Republican blockade.
The Arizona Democrat said the answer to divisions in the Senate is not to change the filibuster rules so that one party, even hers, can force controversial bills forward. “We must fight the disease itself, the disease of division, in order to protect our democracy”
In taking control of Congress and the White House last year, Democrats have vowed to counter a slew of new state laws inspired by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of stolen elections that hampered the vote. But their efforts have stalled in the narrowly divided Senate, where they are 60 out of 100 votes short of defeating the Republican filibuster.
For weeks, Sinema and fellow moderate Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia have come under intense pressure to support a rule change that would allow the party to pass its law by a simple majority, a move they have long opposed.
Entering the Senate floor shortly before Biden’s arrival, Cinema made it clear that she would not go for it, further hurting the party’s already slim chances of passing one of its top priorities.
While Trump and other Republicans also pushed for filibuster changes when he was president, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky, called Sinema’s speech an important act of “political courage” that could “save the Senate as an institution.”