President Joe Biden singled out Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, though not by name, for thwarting their party’s efforts to push election and voting reforms through Congress while recalling a race riot during a visit to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?’ Well, because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends,” he said Tuesday.
West Virginia’s Manchin and Arizona’s Sinema are two critical centrist votes as Democrats cling to power in the evenly divided Senate. But most legislation, including potential election and voting reforms, requires the support of 60 senators to avoid a filibuster and clear the chamber. Both Manchin and Sinema do not back nixing the filibuster rules.