Rep. Jim Clyburn is urging President Joe Biden to get behind a mechanism to bypass Republicans and pass voting reforms with only Democratic support.
Clyburn said Biden “should endorse” his proposal to create a carveout to the Senate’s filibuster for legislation that applies to the Constitution, thereby allowing Democrats to enact H.R. 1, their sweeping elections reform proposal, as well as a second bill reauthorizing portions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, without any GOP votes.
“I don’t care whether he does it in a microphone or on the telephone. Just do it,” he told Politico.
Biden could “pick up the phone and tell [Sen.] Joe Manchin, ‘Hey, we should do a carveout,'” Clyburn told the outlet, a suggestion that he said he’s shared with several administration officials, including Vice President Kamala Harris.
Clyburn made a similar suggestion in March, citing a Supreme Court