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US News: biden risks a fattening failure on its vast electoral reform

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J OE biden, which already had to bury its promise of great renewal of the American welfare state, now risks to fail a vast electoral reform protecting the Access to African-American vote, after a Democratic Senator on the decisive vote was Thursday across his way.

The Democratic President joined little after 13:00 (18:00 GMT) the elected officials of his camp in Senate , to rally around his project.

even before leaving the White House, Kyrsten Sinema, Senator of Arizona, went up to the tribune and reduced, for the moment, any hope of passing this legislation presented as the heiress of the great Fights for civil rights of the 1960s.

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The elected, a centrist democrat, is not against the legislation itself. But it opposes the parliamentary procedure imagined by the Democrat Staff and the White House to blow up the Republican opposition lock. Without his voice, in a Senate where the Democratic Camp has 51 votes, and the Republicans 50, the project is condemned.

Joe Biden promised to protect access to the urns of minorities and the transparency of voting operations, facing a multitude of reforms committed by Conservative States, particularly in the south of the country.

NGOs ensure that these measures adopted by Republicans discriminate particularly on African Americans, which have largely voted for Joe Biden at the last election.

To damage, two texts - now merged into a - aim to harmonize the voting practices and to give the federal state a right to look at local initiatives.

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Joe Biden believes that it is the achievements of the fight for the civil rights of the 1960s, detricted at the local level by the Republicans with the blessing of a supreme court become very conservative, and with the encouragement of Donald Trump which Continue to clamor without proof that the election of his successor is fraudulent.

To pass this law to the Senate, it would be necessary in theory 60 votes to comply with a very rooted parliamentary use. This "Filibuster rule", supposed to encourage moderation and dialogue beyond the partisan lines, gives a huge blocking power to the opposition, especially when the parliamentary force report is also tense that it is today HUI.

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Democrats have only one solution to save their electoral reform: breaking this parliamentary use and to force a simple majority.

It is from this passage in force that Kyrsten Sinema does not want. He would only feed the "Infernal Spiral of the Division," said the elected, in an extremely solemn intervention.

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That's, for Joe Biden, a painful air of already seen.

Since its inauguration or almost, it regularly stages on Kyrsten Sinema and another Democratian senator, Joe Manchin . These two moderates are skeptical about the major project of the Democratic President, they judge too interventionists, too expensive, too centralized, too ideological.

In December, Joe Biden had found himself exactly in the same position as today: to mobilize without exception all the voices of his majority in the Senate around a very ambitious social spending program.

After interminable discussions, it's Joe Manchin, who did herself soon before Christmas this project at $ 1.750 billion.

The only way now for Joe Biden would be to convince some elected Republicans to follow him on electoral reform. But this seems illusory, both the Conservatives are reassembled, both against the content of the law and against the parliamentary method.

Their leader in the Senate, Mich McConnell , accused Thursday the President to borrow a "scandalous and divided" path.

A new failure would be extremely difficult to overcome for Joe Biden, already very unpopular, and who is likely to lose control of the conference after the mid-term elections in the fall.

13/01/2022 19:16:12 - Washington (AFP) - © 2022 AFP

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