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Biden all but concedes defeat on voting, election bills

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 Joe Biden, President of the United States, Photo Date: 11/10/2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — All but acknowledging defeat, President Joe Biden now says he’s “not sure” his elections and voting rights legislation can pass Congress this year.

He spoke at the Capitol Thursday after a key fellow Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, dramatically announced her refusal to go along with changing Senate rules to muscle past a Republican filibuster blockade.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is still hoping to use Senate procedural rules to bypass a filibuster and force the legislation to the floor for a debate. But the Democrats still lack the support within their own party to overhaul the rules and pass the bill with a simple majority.

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