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Lord, we ask that You would strengthen and protect these Senators as they oppose Biden's plan. Raise up more democratic leaders to protect this filibuster.
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President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda has hit a major roadblock in the 50-50 Senate, as moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have emerged as unequivocal opponents of eliminating the legislative filibuster.

“The filibuster is a critical tool to protecting” the voice of small and rural states “and our democratic form of government,” Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, wrote in an April 7 Washington Post op-ed. “That is why I have said it before and will say it again to remove any shred of doubt: There is no circumstance in which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster. The time has come to end these political games, and to usher a new era of bipartisanship where we find common ground on the major policy debates facing our nation.”

Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, has taken a similar approach to preserving the legislative-minority-friendly tool.  . . .

A 60-vote threshold is needed to overcome a legislative filibuster. In the past, both Senate Democrats and Republicans have used the filibuster as the minority party to block legislation supported by the majority party.

Leaving the filibuster in place in a 50-50 Senate would make it virtually impossible for Biden to move key parts of his agenda through Congress. The filibuster, however, would likely not stop Biden’s $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, given the Senate parliamentarian’s recent ruling that the massive infrastructure package may be considered under budget reconciliation rules, which permit the passage of legislation with a simple majority vote.

Biden has proposed a comprehensive immigration overhaul that would offer a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S.  . . .

Biden has called on Congress to pass an assault weapons ban as part of his gun control agenda.  . . .

The House is voting on statehood for Washington D.C. during the week of April 19. It faces an uphill climb in the Democratic-led Senate due to the filibuster.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have said the use of budget reconciliation is on the table if Republicans in Congress do not join Democrats to pass Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which includes significant federal spending on improving the nation’s infrastructure. Democrats haven’t drafted the formal legislative language of Biden’s plan yet.

Biden has said he plans to release a separate proposal, the American Family Plan, to follow the American Jobs Plan. . . .

Pelosi was asked Thursday if she thinks the family plan and jobs plan will be rolled into one bill. She said there would likely be two pieces of legislation and she hopes the legislative process on infrastructure in the House will be completed by July 4. She said Democrats want to finish the “whole package” by August. . . .

Share your prayers for Manchin and Sinema in the comments below!

(Excerpt from Just the News. Article by Nicholas Ballasy. Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

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April 13, 2021

Lord God – we ask that You would bring forth more legislators to stand against changing or removal of the filibuster. There are others who haven’t spoken out that do NOT want the filibuster to be touched. Strengthen them Lord to stand and follow / vote their quiet convictions. In Your name we pray amen.

April 12, 2021

I wish I weren’t’ so dubious about these two Senators. I’m praying though! I agree that the Lord would give them courage, strength to stand, wisdom and a boldness to stand against those who would intimidate them. Help them to do your will, Father, to in Jesus name.

April 12, 2021

Father we pray for more conviction in the political scene of this nation. Lord, please have mercy and turn hearts and minds to you. We thank You for these senators. Strengthen them and raise up more like them that want to follow the right path before bills are passed. You Father are the Ultimate God of justice and righteousness. You hate cunning deceptive ways. Every cunningness and deception in our legislative, executive, and judicial arm be broken in Jesus name. Humble anyone who continues to speak arrogance and disregard of you. As You humbled Nebuchadnezzar, humble our politicians mightily. Let them fall under Your mighty hand. We destroy every work of satan and his agents to scatter our just system. Bring confusion to the camp of the enemy. Raise up more righteous leaders. Lord, please find them and raise them, in Jesus name Amen.

April 12, 2021

That there are still a few Democrats of good conscience should encourage all of us to pray for more of them to open their eyes to truth. Current Democrat policies are overreaching and evil and must be stopped. Please pray for more Democrats to abandon that party, just as recently Vernon Jones and John Lee have done!


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