President Biden threw cold water on Democrats’ push to eliminate the legislative filibuster, saying he did not want to get “wrapped up” in arguments about a move that would “throw the entire Congress into chaos.”
The commander-in-chief made the comments in a CNN town hall Wednesday night after being asked by a first-year law student about abolishing the Senate rule to pass federal legislation countering GOP-led election security bills that have popped up in state houses nationwide.
Biden began by explaining that he supported returning to the days when senators would have to be present in the Senate chamber to filibuster, though nothing beyond that.
“If you were to filibuster, you had to stand on the floor and hold the floor,” he explained “So you had to take — there were significantly fewer filibusters in those days. In the middle of the civil rights movement.”
Asked if he thinks protecting the filibuster is more important than protecting voting rights, Mr.