Democratic senator pushes back on Biden’s plea to change rules

President Joe Biden was due to arrive on Capitol Hill to plead to Democrats to change the Senate rules to pass voting rights legislation, but Sen. Krysten Sinema said she’s not on board.
1:46 | 01/14/22

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- Here at home tonight, to the voting rights showdown in Washington. We have learned at this hour that senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema are meeting with President Biden at the White House tonight. But earlier today, just an hour before the president traveled to the Capitol to meet with Democrats, what Senator Sinema declared in a speech. Did she and Manchin effectively halt the president's effort on voting rights? Rachel Scott on the Hill again tonight. RACHEL SCOTT: Tonight, a tough blow for President Biden from a member of his own party. Less than an hour before the president was due to arrive on Capitol Hill to make a direct plea to Democrats to change the Senate rules to get voting rights legislation passed, Senator Kyrsten Sinema declared she's not on board. - While I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country. RACHEL SCOTT: Her announcement undercutting the president's visit. And when he emerged from his meeting with Senate Democrats, the president sounding somewhat defeated. - I hope we can get this done. The honest-to-God answer is, I don't know whether we can get this done. But there's one thing for certain, one thing for certain-- like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we can come back and try it a second time. - Let's get right back up to Rachel Scott tonight. And Rachel, we did learn the president has invited Senators Sinema and Manchin to the White House tonight. I'm curious, what more are you learning? - Well, David, Senator Kyrsten Sinema is not budging on this, and neither is Senator Joe Manchin. He released a statement saying changing the Senate rules would be the easy way out. The White House says the president will continue to push on this, and he will make another hard sell to both of those senators at the White House tonight, David. DAVID MUIR: All right. Rachel Scott tonight. Rachel, thank you as always.

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