Joe Biden (still) doesn't want to get rid of the filibuster | CNN Politics
July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden called the ongoing efforts in Republican state legislatures to pass restrictive voting legislation "Jim Crow on steroids" during a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
President Joe Biden called the ongoing efforts in Republican state legislatures to pass restrictive voting legislation “Jim Crow on steroids” during a CNN town hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
Moments later, pressed by CNN’s Don Lemon on whether the filibuster should be abolished in order to pass a broad voting rights bill currently stuck in the Senate, Biden demurred.
Biden has been consistent in his position – opposed to eliminating the filibuster, interested in the so-called “talking filibuster” – although some on the left had hoped that the GOP’s block of an independent commission to examine the January 6 US Capitol riot as well as the continued unwillingness by Senate Republicans to consider the “For The People” Act would change his mind.
In fact, Biden seemed, at least during a CNN-sponsored town hall on Wednesday night, to cast the focus on the filibuster as nothing more than a Republican-created distraction.
Whether he’s right or wrong on the filibuster, Biden isn’t changing his mind, however.