When pressed by CNN’s Don Lemon on why the filibuster is price defending, Biden mentioned preserving the filibuster is just not extra vital than defending voting rights. He mentioned that he believes his administration and Congress can move 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 mentioned 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 motive to guard it apart from you are going to throw the complete Congress into chaos and nothing will get carried out. Nothing in any respect will get carried out. And there’s rather a lot at stake. Crucial one is the fitting to vote,” Biden mentioned. “Wouldn’t my buddies on the opposite aspect like to have a debate concerning the filibuster as an alternative of passing the restoration act?”
In latest months, extra of the Senate’s 50 Democrats have expressed a willingness to abolish or modify the filibuster, as activists have continued to place stress 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.