Sinema, Manchin curb Biden’s agenda

President Biden for a second time in two months on Thursday saw his agenda limited by a senator from his own party, curbing the White House’s influence and power and raising questions about what accomplishments his party will bring to this year’s midterms.

This time it was Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) effectively pulling the plug on Biden’s hopes of taking action on voting rights. Sinema said she would not vote to change the filibuster despite her support for voting rights legislation in a floor speech just before Biden was to speak to the Senate Democratic caucus.

It cut off any slim hope of movement ahead of the high-profile meeting in an effective rebuke of the president.