Senator Kyrsten Sinema Defends the Filibuster, Says She Will Not Support Action That 'Damages Our Democracy'

By Cassandra Fairbanks

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has once again defended the filibuster, saying that she will not support any action that “damages our democracy.”

The outspoken senator has frequently drawn scorn and criticism from members of the Democratic Party over her willingness to cross the aisle on issues that she deems to be important.

Criticism might actually be an understatement in the case of the filibuster. Sinema and West Virginia’s Senator Joe Manchin have been the most vocal opposition to the party’s goal — and members of their party are not pleased.

Refusing to cave to pressure and backlash, Sinema boldly explained her position in an op-ed for the Washington Post on Monday.

She explained that a filibuster encourages bipartisan cooperation, which gets lasting results.

Lasting results — rather than temporary victories, destined to be reversed, undermining the certainty that America’s families and employers depend on. The best way to achieve durable, lasting results? Bipartisan cooperation,” Sinema wrote.

Sinema noted that the Democrats used the filibuster themselves when Republicans held the majority and that her views remained consistent after power shifted.

“It’s no secret that I oppose eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold. I held the same view during three terms in the U.S. House, and said the same after I was elected to the Senate in 2018. If anyone expected me to reverse my position because my party now controls the Senate, they should know that my approach to legislating in Congress is the same whether in the minority or majority,” Sinema wrote.

She added that her “support for retaining the 60-vote threshold is not based on the importance of any particular policy. It is based on what is best for our democracy. The filibuster compels moderation and helps protect the country from wild swings between opposing policy poles.”

“And to those who fear that Senate rules will change anyway as soon as the Senate majority changes: I will not support an action that damages our democracy because someone else did so previously or might do so in the future,” Sinema adds.

Like Sinema, Manchin has said that he will not waiver on his position under any circumstances.

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9 responses to “Senator Kyrsten Sinema Defends the Filibuster, Says She Will Not Support Action That ‘Damages Our Democracy’”

  1. Irris30 says:

    right. I remember being worried when she was elected. I was thinking people are nuts. But she isn’t the worst.

  2. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    The country will fall into an unstable death spiral if every 4-8 years key legislature is constantly rewritten for one side or the other.

  3. Kshthymyla says:

    Gotta say, gaining respect for 2 democrats in particular…

  4. Locke-n-Paine says:

    A mature and measured action by what appears to be a reasonable person…how refreshing. Unfortunately she’s about to get a front row seat to the left-wing intolerance show. I’m sure she and I disagree on a slew of policy issues, but I absolutely respect and agree with her reasoning on this one. I hope her courage is rewarded.

  5. Jdbfortney says:

    Smart woman

  6. BxIrish says:

    Well, at least there’s one Dem whose not trying to destroy everything.

  7. CrispyBacon says:

    Kyrsten is actually forward looking and knows what’s most likely about to happen in 2022. She at least remembers what happened last time Harry Reid nuked the filibuster for appointments. GOP ran train over the Dems in the senate and filled tons of judicial appointments.

  8. Jme3 says:

    Sinema standing her ground is awesome to see however unlike Manchin she could easily get replaced by an AOC type in Arizona. I do not seeing her winning re-election I did hear the dems are dropping a massive campaign to primary her when the times due. Manchin on the other hand is pretty much safe from any primary I can’t fathom the idea of an AOC getting elected in WVA but I can see him winning against a R candidate given that WVA Rs that ran against him could not generate the Trump Bump Voter turnout.

  9. 51773 says:

    This is really good reporting, it would be great if Tim pool kept the promises he made in the launch video of the record breaking SCNR / Subverse wefunder and delivered this kind of reporting there as well. Maybe then all those investors wouldn’t feel like they were lied to.