Biden Must Get Manchin and Sinema to Fall in Line | Robert Reich

Description: Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out how President Joe Biden must learn from President Lyndon B. Johnson and wield the power of the presidency to get Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to fall in line.

Watch More: The Senate Rule Breaking Our Politics ►►

America is at a turning point on voting rights. One that’s almost as critical as the mid-1960s when the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts were passed. And just as in the mid-1960s, presidential leadership will be a decisive factor.

With their razor-thin Senate majority, Democrats' efforts to stop the GOP's anti-democratic agenda don’t stand a chance unless they overcome two obstacles.

The first is the filibuster, and the second is the refusal of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to abolish it.

There is no excuse for two Democratic senators to allow Republicans to stomp on our democracy and entrench their minority rule for generations.

And there is no reason President Joe Biden should let them. It’s time for him to assert the leadership that LBJ asserted more than a half-century ago, and wield the power of the presidency to make senators fall in line with the larger goals of the nation.

Otherwise, as LBJ once asked, "what the hell's the presidency for?"