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Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: 'F--- them' Pressures aligning on Biden, Democrats to forgive student loans Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 year since Capitol riot MORE (D-Ariz.), a potential future primary challenger to Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin says he won't vote to 'eliminate or weaken the filibuster' Democracy is on life support — and the GOP wants to pull the plug Biden: 'I don't know whether we can get this done' MORE (D-Ariz.

), said Thursday it was "past time" for Sinema and her Senate colleagues to act to protect voting rights.

Gallego, who hasn’t ruled out challenging Sinema in 2024, delivered a speech on the House floor targeting the senator over her refusal to abolish the upper chamber's 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation.

“We won’t shrink from protecting our democracy and the voting rights of all Americans,” Gallego said Thursday. “It’s past time for the U.S. Senate and Senator Sinema to do the same.” 

President BidenJoe BidenGallego on Jan. 6 rioters: 'F--- them' Psaki: Why is GOP afraid of presidential debates? Biden calls on employers to mandate vaccines despite Supreme Court ruling MORE’s voting rights push is on rocky ground, with moderate Democrats such as Sinema and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinManchin says he won't vote to 'eliminate or weaken the filibuster' Democracy is on life support — and the GOP wants to pull the plug Biden: 'I don't know whether we can get this done' MORE (W.Va.) saying they won’t abolish the filibuster. Biden met with the pair on Thursday night at the White House to discuss voting rights.

Sinema reiterated earlier Thursday in a speech she will not support changes to the Senate filibuster rule. The chamber currently requires 60 votes to end debate on most legislation.

“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division infecting our country,” Sinema told the Senate. “Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy.”

The pushback from Sinema and Manchin has scuttled the White House's hopes for filibuster reform, with Biden admitting there are doubts the voting rights legislation can pass.

“The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know whether we can get this done,” Biden stated Thursday.

Democrats have focused on the legislation since some Republican-led states have changed their voting rules following the 2020 presidential election. 

Gallego has not ruled out running in 2024 for Sinema’s seat, with some Democrats frustrated with her more moderate positions in the Senate.

“I never say no to the future and the most important thing I always care about is having the majorities we need — the working majorities we need to accomplish good programs to actually help Americans get into the middle class and prosper,” he continued," Gallego told Hill.TV in November.

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Pennsylvania Senate OKs Bill That Would Kill Local Gun Laws Despite Gov. Wolfs Veto Threat

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s state Senate on Tuesday approved veto-destined legislation to help gun owners and gun-rights organizations collect damages in court from cities that passed firearms restrictions that were found to violate state law.

Despite the veto threat by Gov. Tom Wolf, the bill passed the Republican-controlled chamber, 32-17, with three Democrats joining every Republican in support of it. The bill passed the Republican-controlled House in June and goes to Wolf’s desk, the latest in a long-running disagreement with the Democrat over how to deal with gun violence.

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Wolf’s favored legislation, meanwhile, has gotten little traction in the Legislature.

Under the bill, a gun owner or a gun-rights organization would have standing in court to sue municipalities over firearms ordinances that they contend are more restrictive than state law. A city whose gun ordinance is struck down in court could be ordered to pay damages.

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Pennsylvania has long prohibited its municipalities from enforcing firearms ordinances that regulate the ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation of guns or ammunition. But gun-rights groups complain municipalities often ignore the decades-old prohibition by approving their own gun restrictions.

That law is being challenged in court by Philadelphia and other municipalities.

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