US President Joe Biden speaks to reporters in Congress on January 13, 2022 (AFP / SAUL LOEB)
Joe Biden fought to save his broader electoral reform from parliamentary disintegration on Thursday, after the Supreme Court banned his corporate vaccination duty, bluntly exposing the weaknesses of the US president during a black Thursday.
“I hope we get there, but I’m not sure,” he admitted, apparently nervous about his big law to protect African Americans’ access to the referendum.
He had gone to the Capitol for a meeting with Democratic senators dedicated to the project, which is very rare.
“If we fail the first time, we can try a second time,” said the 79-year-old president, who continues to fight.
In the evening, he received with Senator Joe Mancin and Senator Kirsten Cinema, two moderate Democrats currently blocking the project. The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, ended just before 7pm (GMT 00am), a White House official said.
Democrat Sen. Kirsten Cinema (AFP / SAUL LOEB) at the Capitol, Washington, January 13, 2022
On the other hand, nothing can be done by Joe Biden after the Supreme Court ruling that barred his decision to impose anti-Govt vaccine or routine testing on companies with more than 100 employees. He said he was “disappointed”.
The move, favored by Joe Biden, was condemned by elected Republicans as an abuse of power. In a country where only 62% of the population is fully vaccinated, this issue reveals deep political divisions.
However, the High Court has affirmed the obligation of the vaccine to the employees of health organizations benefiting from federal funds.
– The biggest promises? –
The continuation of this bad news further undermines the political reputation of the already most influential president and may have made too many promises without the least room for maneuver.
Joe Biden has vowed to protect access to the ballot boxes for minorities and to ensure the transparency of the voting process, especially in the face of the many reforms being carried out by conservative countries in the south of the country.
US Supreme Court in Washington on January 11, 2022 (AFP / Stefani Reynolds)
The NGOs promise that these measures, adopted by Republicans, will discriminate against African-Americans, especially those who voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden in the last election.
To prevent this, the Democrat leader wants to synchronize voting procedures and give the federal government the right to look at local initiatives.
To pass this major reform in the Senate would require, in principle, an increase of 60 votes to a majority. However, Democrats have 50 votes more than Vice President Kamla Harris and Republicans have 50 votes.
Unable to persuade opposition senators and vehemently opposed, Democrats have only one solution: to break this parliamentary procedure and force a simple majority.
– “Cycle of Hell” –
But this maneuver was first torpedoed by Kirsten Cinema. According to the Arizona Senator, this strategy will only fuel the “hell cycle of division.”
Joe Manzin, another centrist senator who single-handedly blocked Joe Biden’s $ 1.85 trillion social program, said in a statement that he would not “vote to overthrow or weaken the regime.” The majority increased.
President Joe Biden in Congress on January 13, 2022 (AFP / SAUL LOEB)
The two elected officials are in favor of reform, but have never concealed their involvement in the 60-vote margin – even in a political landscape, after Donald Trump’s tumultuous order, discriminatory dialogue. If impossible it has become very difficult.
Without their voice, reform would be doomed.
This Black Jupiter is a terrible reminder that Joe Biden has a very low latitude.
He has to deal with the Congress, which he is not really in control of, and the conservative governments (abortion, suffrage, health strategy, etc.) in the apparent revolt on many issues and now the most conservative Supreme Court appointments after Donald. Trump.
In a few months, Joe Biden is in danger of losing a majority in Congress in the by-elections. In fact, he will be paralyzed until the next presidential election.
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