Biden noted he risked losing ‘at least three votes right now’ on his spending bill by entering filibuster debate
President Biden said Thursday that he is open to the possibility of changing or eliminating the filibuster to pass federal voting rights legislation “and probably more,” an admission that reversed his previous stance.
Biden initially appeared reluctant to address filibuster reform during his appearance at the CNN town hall, noting that he risked losing “at least three votes right now” on his spending bill. Sen who oppose replacing or eliminating Manchin and other moderate filibuster.
When pressed on his stance, Biden said he supported reinstatement of a requirement that lawmakers “hold the floor” to maintain a filibuster. The president said Congress was reaching a point “where we fundamentally change the filibuster,” citing recent moves by Republicans to raise the federal debt limit and block votes on a sweeping Democrat-backed federal election overhaul. Happened.
Biden says eliminating filibuster ‘would throw entire Congress into chaos’
“The idea that, for example, my Republican friend says we’re going to default on the national debt because we’re going to filibuster it and we need 10 Republicans to support it, it’s the most bizarre thing that I’ve ever heard that,” Biden said.
“If this gets pulled again, I think you’re going to have a lot of Democrats ready to say, no, I’m not going to do that again, we’re going to end the filibuster,” They said.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper pressed Biden to explain what he meant by radically changing the filibuster.
“It remains to be seen what this means in terms of fundamentally changing it, whether or not we directly end the filibuster,” Biden said. “There are some things that are just holy rights.”
Near the end of the exchange, Cooper asked Biden if he would entertain filibuster ending entirely on an issue of voting rights law.
“And probably more,” Biden said in response.
Progressives have repeatedly called on Biden to support eliminating filibuster to address election reforms. Republicans have used filibuster to block votes on Democrat-backed legislation on three separate occasions this year.
Biden reiterated his opposition to the idea in July, arguing that eliminating the filibuster “would throw the entire Congress into chaos,” despite fierce GOP objections.
In March, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that he risked a “scorched earth” Congress if Biden supported efforts to end filibuster.