When pressed by CNN’s Don Lemon on why the filibuster is price defending, Biden stated holding the filibuster is just not extra essential than defending voting rights. He stated that he believes his administration and Congress can cross the John Lewis Voting Rights Act with out axing the Senate rule — one Biden has agreed, as former President Barack Obama put it, is a “relic of the Jim Crow period.”
He stated abolishing the rule would give Republicans in Congress an excuse to spend time debating the filibuster as an alternative of passing his legislative agenda.
“There’s no purpose to guard it apart from you are going to throw your entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get achieved. Nothing in any respect will get achieved. And there’s so much at stake. A very powerful one is the precise to vote,” Biden stated. “Wouldn’t my buddies on the opposite aspect like to have a debate in regards to the filibuster as an alternative of passing the restoration act?”
In current months, extra of the Senate’s 50 Democrats have expressed a willingness to abolish or modify the filibuster, as activists have continued to place strain on the White Home to budge. The president’s reluctance to shift has put him at odds with civil rights leaders, labor and social justice advocates, in addition to a rising variety of Democrats.