UPDATED 12:24 PM PT – Friday, October 22, 2021
Joe Biden has indicated he’s open to eliminating the filibuster to pass voting reform legislation.
During a town hall on Thursday, Biden acknowledged he would consider getting rid of the filibuster for voting legislation and “maybe more.” He suggested more Democrats may come out in favor of scrapping the rule if Republicans use the filibuster to block legislation to raise the debt ceiling in December.
Biden said “at some point” the filibuster will have to be fundamentally altered, but didn’t specify if that means reforming it or eliminating it altogether.
“Well, that remains to be seen. Exactly what that means in terms of fundamentally altering or whether or not we just end the filibuster straight up. There’s certain things that are just sacred rights. One’s a sacred obligation that we’re getting out of debt,” said Biden.
.@POTUS after endorsing the return of the talking filibuster: “But I also think we’re going to have to move to the point where we fundamentally alter the filibuster.” https://t.co/UTJmuq4owq pic.twitter.com/I8x4XYNBWp
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Biden also said he would lose three votes in the Senate Democrat Caucus regarding his economic and foreign policy plans if he sought to eliminate the filibuster at this moment.
“If in fact I get myself into at this moment a debate on the filibuster, I lose at least three votes right now to get what I have to get done on the economic side of the equation, foreign policy side of the equation,” Biden said when questioned on the issue during the town hall.