Biden reeling after major losses on filibuster, vaccines and more to start 2022

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema again voiced her opposition to weakening the filibuster

President Biden expressed doubts that Democrats would pass their elections legislation, bowing to political realities that left party leaders shy of any path forward in the Senate, just two days after he cited a grave threat to democracy in imploring lawmakers to approve the measure.

“The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know if we can get this done,” Mr. Biden told reporters Thursday..

Shortly before Mr. Biden’s scheduled lunch with Democrats, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) took to the Senate floor to reiterate that she wouldn’t support rules changes that get rid of the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. Changing filibuster rules would require the support of all Democrats. Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) later reiterated his own opposition to eliminating the filibuster. Democrats had pinned their chances on changing the senators’ minds, but the statements extinguished those slim hopes.

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