Sunday, May 30, 2021

Sinema skips Senate vote on Jan 6 commission. Manchin still has hope for Republican suppoort.

What is with these people?

In the May 28, 2021 edition of Letters from an American Heather Cox Richardson has some observations about the Senate’s massacre of the Jan 6 commission bill.

[Last week], Republicans in the Senate killed the bill to establish a bipartisan independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection. The vote was 54 to 35, and yet the thirty-five “no” votes won because of the current shape of the Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes to break, even if the minority doesn’t show up to vote.

[And then] McConnell responded to the budget proposal with words that were somewhat unfortunate coming, as they did, on the same day the Republicans refused to create a bipartisan commission to investigate an attack on our government. “If Washington Democrats can move beyond the socialist daydreams and the go-it-alone partisanship,” he said, “we could get a lot of important work done for our country.”

On Thursday, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) continued to hope Republicans would vote for the commission, saying, “…the Democrats have basically given everything they’ve asked for, any impediment that would have been there, and there’s no reason not to now unless you just don’t want to hear the truth.” Today, after the vote, he said, “I never thought I’d see it up close and personal that politics could trump our country. I’m going to fight to save this country.”

Robert Reich
@RBReich
Says @Sen_JoeManchin about McConnell’s use of filibuster to kill independent commission: “I never thought I’d see it up close and personal that politics could trump our country. I’m going to fight to save this country.”

You can save this country, Joe, by ending the filibuster

Chris Murphy
@ChrisMurphyCT
So how did we lose a 54–35 vote on the January 6 commission?

Because you need 60 votes, no matter how many people show.

So it’s the OPPOSITE of a traditional filibuster. If you oppose the bill, you don’t even have to be in town.

Indeed, our AZ Senator Krysten Sinema went AWOL in advance of the floor vote. I assume her absence signified her opposition to the Jan 6 commission. SHAME!

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