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Emily’s list threatens to get support from Sinema due to filibuster stance

WASHINGTON. One of the biggest contributors to Senator’s political rise, Kirsten Sinema, announced on Tuesday that he will withdraw his financial support if the Senator continues to refuse to change obstructive Senate rules to allow passage of the far-reaching voting rights bill.

Emily’s list, the biggest contributor to pro-abortion Democratic women candidates, made the unusual announcement as the Senate prepared to vote this week on a bill to end voting restrictions passed by several Republican-led state legislatures.

If, as expected, Republicans block the bill with a filibuster, Democratic leaders plan to try to change Senate rules to overcome minority party opposition. To do this, Democratic leaders will need all 50 members of their faction. But Ms. Cinema, an Arizona Democrat, said she would not vote to change the rules, making her—along with her party’s other opponent, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III—an object of liberal activist wrath.

“Realizing that access to the ballot box and confidence in the outcome of an election are critical to our work and our country, we joined with many others to convince Senator Bluema of the importance of the pending Senate voting rights bill.” — LaFonza Butler , president of Emily’s List, said in a statement. “So far, those concerns have not been resolved.”

She added: “Right now, Senator Cinema’s decision to reject the votes of allies, partners and constituents who believe the importance of voting rights outweighs the importance of the arcane process means she will find herself alone in the next election.”

Emily’s roster is facing mounting pressure from liberal activists and her own sponsors to take a stand ahead of this week’s showdown. The group was by far Ms. Cinema’s biggest contributor in her 2018 Senate run, and potential top contenders for her next run in 2024, such as Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego, have begun to make some noise.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, defiantly withdrew on Tuesday to rule out support for Ms. Cinema’s main challenge.

“We’ll get to it when we’re done this week,” Ms. Warren said on CBS Mornings when pressed.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, also hinted that he might back a primary challenge to Ms. Cinema or Mr. Manchin.

“Anyone who believes in American democracy should vote so that we can, with 50 votes, suspend filibustering,” he said on Tuesday.

Ms. Cinema said during a speech in the Senate last week that she supports a voting rights bill that would establish a national basis for early voting, absentee ballots and ballot boxes; codify voter identification rules; promote donor transparency; and establish strict rules against replacing non-partisan election officials without cause, among other provisions.

But Ms. Cinema said she would not support any party that would unilaterally eliminate a pirate, requiring a vote of 60 senators to end debate on most laws. It would destroy any future bipartisanship in the House, she said.

Even if she succumbs to the pressure, Mr. Manchin can still stop the rules from being changed. And he was solid on Tuesday.

“You have the right to change your mind; I didn’t do it,” he said of his fellow Democrats. “I hope they respect that too. I never changed my mind about the filibuster.”

Emily Cochrane made a report.

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