MADRID, 22 (EUROPA PRESS)
The Arizona Democratic Party has issued a censure against Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who on Wednesday blocked the Senate from passing a Democratic-sponsored voter protection bill to change filibuster rules on dozens of state laws. of Republican lawmakers eroding the federal vote.
“This announcement does not give us any satisfaction: the Board of Directors of the Democratic Party has decided to formally censor Senator Sinema as a consequence of not having done what is necessary to guarantee the health of our democracy,” explained the party’s president, Raquel Terán, it’s a statement.
The censorship has no practical consequence and the text itself recognizes Sinema’s contributions to approve the star laws of the Democratic Party so far in the legislature: the United States Rescue Plan and the Infrastructure Law.
However, the voter protection law was another banner of the current legislature for Democrats, who believe that the laws promoted by the Republicans at the state level toughen voter identification requirements, hinder voting by mail or reduce the number of places voting.
The blocking of this bill, which had to have the support of half of the Senate, represents a setback for the Administration of President Joe Biden.
The bill also intended to put an end to obstructionism or filibusterism, which comes from the English term ‘filibuster’, -use of obstructive tactics that prevent a bill or measure from reaching the vote-, a tactic that Biden has criticized during his mandate, especially after the storming of the Capitol in January of last year.
Obstructionism, which is not in the Constitution, occurs when a bill has the support of at least 60 senators, although today that criterion is not met under a bipartisan climate, with hardly any majorities in the approval of laws.
The Senate agreed in a special session in 1917 to a rule that preserved its tradition of unlimited debate. The rule required a two-thirds majority to end debate and allowed each member to speak for an additional hour before voting. During the following 46 years, the Senate managed to invoke the closure only five times, according to the official website.
But this rule was revised in 1970 to require 60 votes instead of 67. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2013 changed the voting precedent through what is known as the ‘nuclear option’ to confirm cabinet candidates with a simple majority rather than a supermajority of 60 votes.