SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Bernice King, the daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., used a quote from her father about “misguided senators” to call out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
King tweeted a quote from his father that reads, “I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from voting.”
She tagged McConnell, R-Ky., and Sinema, D-Arizona, at the end of the tweet.
Democrats have tried to push forward voting rights legislation that Senate Republicans have blocked through filibuster, a procedure that allows senators to delay and block bills. Democrats currently need 60 votes to overturn the filibuster. There are only 48 Democrats in the Senate. Maine Sen. Angus King and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are independents who caucus with Democrats to bring their total to 50.
President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, hoped changing the filibuster rules would pass the voting bills, but the idea doesn’t have support of the whole party.
Sinema, along with Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., have spoken out particularly against their party’s majority wishes. On Thursday, Sinema gave a speech in the Senate announcing that she still wanted to keep the filibuster as it stood. Manchin also released a written statement reiterating his position.
Republicans were happy with their position, with McConnell saying: “It was extremely important and [Sinema] has, as a remarkable act of political courage, saved the Senate as an institution.
A key piece of suffrage legislation seeks to override restrictive election laws passed in Republican-led states by establishing national election standards that overshadow state laws.
The legislation would also restore the Justice Department’s ability to oversee election laws in states with a history of discrimination, reports the Associated Press.
Schumer originally wanted to debate the suffrage legislation by Monday, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but has since postponed the debate until Tuesday.
Bernice King asked people to share her father’s anti-filibuster views this holiday, a day when political leaders frequently share King’s most popular quotes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.