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Gallego calls out fellow Arizona Democrat Sinema for her support of filibuster

FILE – Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., speaks during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The publisher of a memoir by Gallego is correcting a passage about a deadly Iraq War battle that falsely alleged that Ellen Knickmeyer, the Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post, had reported his whole platoon was lost. “They Called Us ‘Lucky,'” co-written by Gallego and Jim DeFelice, was published last November. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP, File) Greg Nash/AP

Gallego calls out fellow Arizona Democrat Sinema for her support of filibuster

Kate Scanlon January 13, 01:57 PMJanuary 13, 01:57 PM

Rep. Ruben Gallego delivered remarks on the House floor Thursday to criticize his fellow Arizona Democratic Sen. Krysten Sinema’s speech in defense of the upper chamber’s filibuster, calling her out by name.

“Today, the House showed where it stands,” Gallego said. “We won’t shrink from protecting our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans. It’s past time for the U.S. Senate and Sen. Sinema to do the same.”

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Gallego’s remarks were notable because he is seen as a possible primary challenger against Sinema by some progressive activists who have advocated for him to run against Sinema, a centrist, in 2024.

Earlier Thursday, the House passed Democrats’ voting rights legislation ahead of an expected vote in the Senate, where Democrats lack the requisite number of votes to pass a combination of voting rights bills pushed by the White House.

President Joe Biden urged Democrats on Thursday to send the legislation to his desk, eliminating or scaling back the 60-vote threshold.

But not every Senate Democrat was open to such changes.

Sinema delivered a floor speech Thursday on why she would not support changes to the long-standing rule.

“Congress was designed to bring together Americans of diverse views representing different interests and as a collective to find compromise and common ground to serve our country as a whole,” Sinema said, arguing the rule avoids rapid policy fluctuations as parties come and go from the majority.

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Sinema’s opposition to eliminating the filibuster presented a further obstacle in what was already an uphill battle for Democrats in their efforts to pass the voting rights measures.

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