News that Democratic leaders in the Senate, where the BBB legislation is stalled, were planning a shift to voting rights was first reported by Jesse Rodriguez, the vice president of editorial and booking at MSNBC, in a tweet:
“NBC News: Senate expected to shelve Build Back Better bill, moving forward aggressively now on voting rights,” he wrote.
Rodriguez then followed that tweet up with another containing a link to an NBC News report that provided more details:
Democrats in the Senate are preparing to miss their self-imposed deadline to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social safety net bill before the end of the year, according to four sources familiar with planning by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office.
The decision to try again next year is based on simple math — Schumer doesn’t have the 50 votes needed to pass the legislation thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who remains a hold out.
The decision is also in part because Senate Democrats haven’t finished negotiating the bill. Provisions on state and local taxes and the methane rule remain undecided. Senate Democrats also haven’t finished clearing all the procedural hurdles necessary to hold a vote.
The network then quoted a pair of congressional sources, both of whom said that the vote on BBB could be delayed until March.
That said, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) remained confident that the legislation isn’t dead.
“The president and Sen. Manchin are having many discussions, and we’re waiting to see the outcome of those,” he said.
NBC then noted that Schumer is set to pivot to the voting rights legislation, which Republicans have blasted as a naked attempt to skew voting around the country and override legitimate voter integrity measures that have passed in several red states since the chaotic 2020 election.
Wednesday morning on his American First network podcast, Bannon blamed McConnell (R-Ky.) for the current situation in the Senate.
"We told you that this is what Mitch McConnell has brought upon us. I told you this was going to happen. He gave them $3 trillion and now he’s given them a pathway to federalize all of these elections which is the only way they can win and they understand that," Bannon said.
"They understand. They’ve seen the polls. These are not dumb people. These are cunning and crafty people. You could see this a mile away. Rick Scott and the people of the Senate ought to have a conference meeting today and they ought to take the leadership away from Mitch McConnell!" he added.
"And if they don’t do it, the War Room posse is gonna force them to do it. Mark my words, his day is over, and the big donors in the Republican Party have had is back and better step up and get rid of this guy. Today," he added.
Fortunately for the country -- at least, for the time being -- there isn't any likelihood of this very unconstitutional measure passing, thanks to (again) the Democratic Party's moderates, Sens, Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W. Va.), neither of whom supports blowing up the filibuster rule to pass the bill with a simple Democratic majority.
"Kyrsten Sinema supports the elections reform bill that Democrats are considering a year-end push to pass. She doesn't support a shortcut around the filibuster to get it done," Politico reported last week.
In a statement to the outlet, a spokesperson said that Sinema “continues to support the Senate's 60-vote threshold, to protect the country from repeated radical reversals in federal policy which would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions, and further erode Americans’ confidence in our government.”
Our republic is literally teetering on the edge of destruction with Democrats in charge.