Times are tough for Joe Biden, and the American press will not say otherwise. His campaign to push through new voting rights protections in Congress appeared nearly dead on Thursday, after it became clear he had failed to unite his own party behind his drive to overhaul Senate rules. to enact its law despite Republican opposition”, draws up the New York Times.
At issue: the opposition of Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to the parliamentary stratagem imagined by the White House, to get its major electoral reform passed. Enough to cast doubt on the future of the text in an upper house where Biden’s party only has a tiny majority. “An embarrassing setback for Joe Biden”, concludes the New York daily.
“Biden has staked a lot of his political capital”
Especially since the American president has invested heavily in favor of this reform intended to protect minorities’ access to the ballot box and ensure electoral transparency, in the face of a multitude of reforms undertaken by conservative states to restrict the right to vote. vote. To do this, the text intended in particular to harmonize practices and give the federal state a right to look at local initiatives.
Limited offer. 2 months for 1€ without commitment “Since the beginning of the year, Joe Biden has staked much of his political capital on the right to vote, which advisers see as a critical issue for his Democratic base, despite doubts about his prospects. Wall Street Journal. Joe Biden’s Thursday meeting with Senate Democrats was seen as a personal last-ditch attempt to defeat the holdouts.” Blanche faces divisions in his camp.”President Biden, for the second time in two months on Thursday, saw his ambitions curtailed by a senator from his own party, reducing the influence and power of the House- Blanche, while raising questions about the achievements his party will be able to make this year before the midterm elections”, observes The Hill.
These are to be held next November and are historically unfavorable to the incumbent. “So what’s the next step? What other losses can this administration suffer?” asks USA Today, for whom the answer to this question could be decisive on the eve of the upcoming election.
“Continue the fight to protect voting rights”
For his part, the Washington Post questions former VP’s ability to heal American fractures.” The biggest question for Biden is whether there is still room for bipartisanship and conciliation, notes the daily in an editorial. Political divisions have deepened over the past year, and Republicans, led by McConnell, have rebuffed nearly all of his overtures. He had bigger ambitions, about social and political revitalization. But with such shaky Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, Biden will now struggle to pass meaningful legislation.”
“I hope we will get there but I’m not sure”, he himself admitted Joe Biden Thursday regarding his ability to get his reform voted in. “If we fail the first time, we can try a second time,” he continued. Los Angeles Times , in an editorial with the very explicit title: “Keep up the fight to protect voting rights.” “President Biden and Schumer have promised to continue to fight to protect voting rights, adds the Californian daily. They must do it as long as there is a chance to save our democracy.”
By François Bazin
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