President Biden to Meet with Senate Democrats Over Voting Rights Bill

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President Biden is set to meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday as both push to change Senate rules for the filibuster to help propel voting rights legislation forward.

The Hill reports:

Biden, according to the aide, will attend a closed-door Democratic caucus lunch “to discuss the push to pass voting rights and potential changes to Senate rules.”

The meeting comes as Biden is stepping up his public push to get voting rights legislation through the Senate in the face of GOP opposition. He traveled to Georgia this week where he publicly urged Senate Democrats to pass a bill, including changing the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes for most legislation, in order to get it done.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to hold a vote on changing the Senate’s rules by Monday, Jan. 17. But in order to change the filibuster without GOP support, he needs total unity from all 50 Democrats, which he doesn’t yet have.

So far, moderate Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have not said they will vote to change Senate rules.

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