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Sat Jan 15, 2022, 10:38 PM Jan 2022

Manchin and Sinema Must Face 'Consequences' for Stalling Voting Rights, Democratic Rep Says [View all]

Representative Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from New York, said that Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin "must face consequences" after declining to support President Joe Biden's push for voting rights legislation.

This week, Manchin and Sinema reiterated their support for the Senate filibuster—a rule that Biden and other Democrats want to change in order to pass voting rights bills—delivering a major setback for the president's agenda. The filibuster requires lawmakers in the Senate to reach a 60-vote threshold to advance legislation. The Democratic majority only holds 50 seats in the chamber.

In an interview with SiriusXM radio host Dean Obeidallah that was posted online Saturday afternoon, Obeidallah asked Espaillat: "If President Biden and [Majority Leader] Schumer cannot in any way motivate, pressure... Manchin and Sinema, can President Biden, do you hope he'll use executive orders? Are there other things he can do to convey to our fellow Americans the importance of this, if we don't have legislation?"

"There must be consequences," Espaillat responded. "It's as simple as that. The president calls you and you're going to derail one of his top initiatives, our vision? There's got to be consequences for this."


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Damn right elleng Jan 2022 #1
What consequences? Go sit in the corner? Time out? That's ridiculous. Find ways to make deals. LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #8
You mean pay them more than what they're getting elsewhere? KPN Jan 2022 #12
What sort of punishment do you envision? As if "consequences" are going to help. LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #22
And inthewind21 Jan 2022 #48
would he like them flogged? Takket Jan 2022 #2
There's always jaysunb Jan 2022 #5
"Russia" ! won't be that for to mail a check ! monkeyman1 Jan 2022 #11
✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ n/t msfiddlestix Jan 2022 #31
The executive branch has all kinds of tools that KPN Jan 2022 #14
That means continuing NEGOTIATIONS and not punishing them which will only worsen the situation. LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #23
Only if the other party negotiates in good faith can you negotiate. If not, KPN Jan 2022 #35
And Sinema and Manchin take a walk to the GOP side and we lose the majority immediately. Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #43
"Negotiations are possible, pressuring or punishing them is not." Maybe, maybe not. KPN Jan 2022 #47
Tell me inthewind21 Jan 2022 #49
What can be done really? Sinema will face a primary challenger and AZ Dems are thinking of PortTack Jan 2022 #3
I donated when she ran for the Senate. Won't be making that mistake again. calimary Jan 2022 #17
I've gotta feelin Bernie will find a way. InAbLuEsTaTe Jan 2022 #4
By blaming Dems for people voting for Trump? LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #7
I doubt it. TexasTowelie Jan 2022 #13
Find a way to do what? Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #44
Bernie has spoken... bring it Bernie!! InAbLuEsTaTe Jan 2022 #51
What "consequences" will get them to change? You don't punish. You deal. No punishment will work. LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #6
"consequences" are for poor people anyway ck4829 Jan 2022 #41
Nina Turner sezBiden needs to "gas up his jet" go to WV & AZ and move oasis Jan 2022 #9
I'm certain that Biden pays a lot of attention to Nina Turner for political advice. TexasTowelie Jan 2022 #15
I'm just glad a public figure is finally putting those two on blast. oasis Jan 2022 #16
But putting them on blast isn't going to help. It will only worsen things. You never get what you LENNY0229 Jan 2022 #24
Oh boy msfiddlestix Jan 2022 #32
Defeated in run for Marcia Fudge's vacated congressional seat in Ohio. nt oasis Jan 2022 #34
✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ ✔️ n/t msfiddlestix Jan 2022 #37
Doubt Senators from AZ and WVA care much onenote Jan 2022 #10
"Prison?" PatrickforB asked hopefully... n/t PatrickforB Jan 2022 #18
.... KPN Jan 2022 #36
Their political careers, as "Democrats", must end Blue Owl Jan 2022 #19
Oh that is a great idea and then McConnell is back in charge. Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #29
Newsflash inthewind21 Jan 2022 #50
God no, I will take them 100 times over handing the Senate to McConnell...check out the states Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #45
Am *there* now. UTUSN Jan 2022 #20
Sinema is finished. radius777 Jan 2022 #21
If Ruben Gallego runs against Sinema in the 2024 AZ Dem Senate primary, he will crush her. Celerity Jan 2022 #25
+1 Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 2022 #28
+1. Those colors were shown a long time ago. radius777 Jan 2022 #39
That is not true...I believe firmly in voting rights but I can count and there are not enough votes. Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #46
That is simply untrue...a GOP is just as likely to win...maybe more so since the state is playing Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #30
Of course it's a toss up state, that's what a purple state is. radius777 Jan 2022 #38
+1 Celerity Jan 2022 #40
In a midterm, it will be dicey. Demsrule86 Jan 2022 #42
The entire concept of democracy would change... LiberatedUSA Jan 2022 #26
All they care about is how deep your pockets are! Emile Jan 2022 #27
The punishment will be applied to the citizens of Arizona and West Virginia, not their Senators Mr. Ected Jan 2022 #33
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