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Biden slams attempts to curb voting rights but says he isn't ready to call for an end of the filibuster

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: U.S. President Joe Biden walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on July 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden is traveling to the Cincinnati, Ohio area to visit a training center for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and for a town hall event with CNN. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he did not want to get "wrapped up" in arguments about the filibuster and it would "throw the entire Congress into chaos," as some Democrats call for weakening the Senate's filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.

(CNN)President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he did not want to get "wrapped up" in arguments about the filibuster and it would "throw the entire Congress into chaos," as some Democrats call for weakening the Senate's filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.

Biden said he wants to "make sure we bring along not just all the Democrats, we bring along Republicans who I know know better.

But there is currently no Republican support in the US Senate for voting rights legislation and Democrats do not have the votes to overcome the 60-vote filibuster.

The President delivered a high-profile speech earlier this month on protecting voting rights but did not mention the filibuster.

Some Black civil rights leaders praised him for taking a strong stance against voter suppression in his speech but said he fell short of meeting their demand to discuss the filibuster.

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