Filibuster: Biden slams attempts to restrict voting rights but says he’s not ready to call for end to filibuster

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“What I want to do is try to bring the country together, and I don’t want the debate to be just about whether or not we have obstruction or exceptions to obstruction or get back to the way whose obstruction had had to be used before, ”Biden told CNN’s Don Lemon at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati.

The president said: “There is no reason to protect him, other than that you are going to plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done. Nothing at all will be done. And there is a lot at stake. The most important is the right to vote, it is the most important. “

He again criticized Republicans trying to restrict voting rights across the country, calling him “Jim Crow on steroids”. Republicans at the state level have decided since the 2020 election to remove easy access to the vote or put new obstacles in the way of voters.
Biden called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to block the national assault on voting rights.

“Never before has there been an attempt by state legislatures to seize the capacity to determine who won. Not counting votes, determining who won,” he said.

The President said, “This is Jim Crow on steroids, what we’re talking about.”

Biden said he wanted to “make sure that we bring not only all Democrats, but also Republicans I know better. They know better than that.”

But there is currently no Republican support in the US Senate for voting rights legislation, and Democrats lack the votes to overcome the 60-vote obstruction. As a result, some Democrats are pushing the president to support changing Senate filibuster rules. But some Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, say they will not support weakening the filibuster rules.

Biden faced increasing pressure from black leaders to take a tough stance on Congress in removing filibuster to pass federal legislation to protect voters.

The president gave a high-profile speech earlier this month on voting rights protection, but did not mention the filibuster. Some black civil rights leaders praised him for taking a strong stand against voter suppression in his speech, but said he did not respond to their request to discuss the filibuster.

“I’ve been saying for a long, long time that the abuse of filibuster is pretty damning,” Biden said Wednesday night. He said when he first joined the Senate there were fewer obstructions because it was speaking obstruction, forcing a senator who wishes to block legislation to speak up without taking a break.

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