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Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) again defended the filibuster during a joint press conference with Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas) on Wednesday.

“Some people are saying that you have a choice between the filibuster and democracy,” a reporter said during the press conference.

The filibuster “is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation,” Sinema countered, “rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between policies.”

Sinema on not voting on the Jan. 6 commission: “I had a personal family matter.”

On the filibuster: “To those who say we must make a choice between the filibuster and X, I say this is a false choice.” pic.twitter.com/9RbLRwfmU8

— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) June 2, 2021

Sinema and fellow moderate Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) have come under pressure from progressives to reject the Senate filibuster in order to pass more legislation via a simple majority in the Senate. Democrats currently hold 50 Senate seats with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

“To those who say that we must make a choice between the filibuster and ‘X,’ I say, this is a false choice,” Sinema said. “The reality is that when you have a system that is not working effectively . . . the way to fix that is to fix your behavior, not to eliminate the rules or change the rules, but to change the behavior.”

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