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[WATCH] President Biden Supports Suspension of Senate Filibuster to Codify Roe

[WATCH] President Biden Supports Suspension of Senate Filibuster to Codify Roe

President Joe Biden said on Thursday that he would support suspending the Senate filibuster rule to codify abortion rights established in the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The President’s comments lend critical support for suspending a key hurdle that has thus far prevented Senate Democrats from making the decision a federal law. “If the filibuster gets in the way — like [with] voting rights — we provide an exception for this,” President Biden said. “We require an exception of the filibuster for this action.”

“I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade into law. And the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that,” President Biden told reporters in Spain.

But with the Senate split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, the GOP has been able to use the filibuster rule to stop the slim Democratic majority from approving abortion bills. Current Senate rules require the majority party to muster 60 votes to overcome the minority’s attempt to block the advance of a bill, the procedural action known as a filibuster.

“If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, we provide an exception for this,” President Biden said. “We require an exception of the filibuster for this action.”

The President said he’s scheduled to meet with state governors on Friday to discuss their options until Democrats in Congress cement their response. Echoing the belief held by many Democrats, President Biden added the reversal “is a serious, serious problem the Supreme Court has thrust upon the United States.”

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