Biden to huddle with Senate Dems amid push to trash filibuster

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Biden to huddle with Senate Dems amid push to trash filibuster

President Biden will come to the Capitol Thursday to lunch with Senate Democrats as he tries to ramp up pressure on moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to support a rules change to force two sweeping election reform bills through the chamber without Republican support, a source familiar with the plan told The Post.

Manchin and Sinema have expressed reservations about voting to alter the filibuster and pass the measures with fewer than 60 votes, arguing the rule is a fundamental part of the upper chamber’s processes.

Top Democrats have repeatedly called for members with reservations to get on board in the wake of the party pivoting away from Biden’s massive $2 trillion Build Back Better social spending bill after Manchin asserted he could not support that legislation in its current form.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has asserted he will bring a proposed rule change to a vote by Jan. 17 despite its near-certain failure.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pictured this morning.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pictured Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill.
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Republicans have argued the bills floated by Democrats represent unconstitutional partisan overreach meant to give the party an edge in upcoming elections. Democrats deny the accusation, with many citing the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and stricter voting laws in GOP-led states as vital reasons to enact the legislation.

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