President Joe Biden insisted the preservation of voting access was more important than the Senate’s filibuster rules but reiterated he was against their complete removal.
“No, it’s not,” Biden said Wednesday during a televised town hall when asked whether the filibuster was his priority over voting access. “There’s no reason to protect it other than you’re going to throw the whole Congress into chaos, and nothing will get done.”
Biden did not want the issue of voter access “wrapped up around” the filibuster, he explained. He still supported the For The People Act, which would federalize many components of elections, the president said.
The House version passed, but its Senate counterpart failed to clear the chamber. However, he was adamant there was still room for a compromise measure with Republicans.
Despite describing Republican election bills as “Jim Crow on steriods,” Biden advocated for reverting the Senate rules to