Biden: Democrats don't have enough votes in the Senate to cancel the filibuster

Biden: Democrats don't have enough votes in the Senate to cancel the filibuster

Biden: Democrats lack Senate votes to end filibuster

Joe Biden attends virtual meeting with Democratic governors, White House, July 1, 2022   Biden: Democrats lack Senate votes to overturn filibuster

The President proposes to eliminate filibuster, a Senate voting rule that requires a supermajority to approve bills

President Joe Biden told Democratic governors on Friday that Democrats lack Senate votes to repeal filibuster in due to the fact that the Supreme Court overturned the decision in the case “Roe v. Wade”, which defended the right of American women to have an abortion.

Biden urged the Senate to consider getting rid of the filibuster, a Senate voting rule that requires most bills to be supported by a supermajority of at least 60 out of 100. abortion law.

Biden, who knew firsthand the work of the Senate, in which he represented the state of Delaware for 36 years, supported the filibuster for a long time, but after coming to the White House he changed his mind. It was thanks to the filibuster that the Republicans were able to block a number of important initiatives for the Biden administration, including the voter rights law.

“As I said yesterday, the filibuster should not prevent us from enshrining the Roe v. Wade decision in federal law” , Biden said, taking part in a virtual meeting with Democratic governors.

On Thursday, the head of the White House proposed to senators to abolish the filibuster to protect women's rights to abortion, but this proposal was rejected by several Democratic senators.< /p>

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hokul said on Friday that after the Supreme Court ruling, “only a few states” will be able to take care of the health of women across the country. Since the June 24 Supreme Court decision, 13 states have banned or severely restricted abortion procedures under so-called “trigger laws.” Hokul called the issue of repeal of abortion protection “a matter of life and death” for millions of American women.