Joe Biden reiterated that Democrats will not be passing new voting rights legislation:
President Biden on Wednesday said he supports bringing back the “talking filibuster” but remains opposed to doing away with the Senate rule entirely, warning that doing so would “throw the entire Congress into chaos.”
Biden made the comment during a CNN town hall at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati amid mounting pressure from Democrats for the abolition of the filibuster, which requires 60 votes for the Senate to proceed on most legislation.
“I’ve been saying for a long, long time, the abuse of the filibuster is pretty overwhelming,” Biden said in response to a question from an audience member on voting rights legislation. He noted that he has previously voiced support for a return to the talking filibuster, in which senators must actually speak uninterrupted on the Senate floor to block legislation.
Biden has previously said he thinks the filibuster is a Jim Crow-era relic. At the same time, he has argued that it must be protected.
“There’s no reason to protect it other than you’re going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done,” Biden said Wednesday night.
I have bad news about the Senate under existing rules!
And then there’s this stuff, when you wonder whether he’s lying more to the public or himself:
On voting rights, a key part of his agenda, Biden said that while he wants to see a sweeping Democratic overhaul passed in the Senate, “I want to make sure we bring along not just all the Democrats; we bring along Republicans who I know know better.”
Do we though?