A failed presidential candidate accused the GOP of neglecting to act on proposed legislation.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized the Republican Party for opposing the Biden administration’s voting reform.
“What has bothered me very much is the Republicans are laughing all the way to Election Day,” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “You got 50 Republicans who do not want to do anything except criticize the president, … [and] they have not had to cast one [expletive] vote.”
The senator claimed fellow Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) were only encouraging the GOP to block voting rights legislation, which could eliminate the Senate filibuster.
A simple majority vote would be enough to end legislative debates if successful. The existing 60-vote threshold would no longer apply.
“You have, sadly enough, two Democrats who choose to work with the Republicans rather than the president, and who have sabotaged the president’s effort to address the needs of working families,” Sanders can be heard saying. “We have allowed the Republicans to get away with murder.”
He accused the U.S. Senate of failing to deliver policy for at least six months.
“It has failed politically [and] we need to change course,” he said. “We need to have the courage to take on the Republicans, and let Manchin and Sinema decide which side they are on.”
The senator applauded the Arizona Democratic Party’s recent move to formally censure Sinema for opposing voting reform.
“I think what the Arizona Democrats did was exactly right,” he said.