President Biden Indicated Thursday He supports the exception to the 60-vote limit needed to pass legislation codifying abortion and privacy rights in the Senate.
“I believe that Roe v Wade should become law. The way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do it. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like suffrage, which it should be, to which we make an exception. “The exception is the necessary exception to this move to deal with the Supreme Court decision,” Biden said at a press conference in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday.
Moments later to clarify that he was open to changing filibuster rules on those issues, Biden said, “The right to privacy, not just abortion rights, but yes, abortion rights.”
Roe v. Codification of Wade requires 60 votes in the Senate, unless the filibuster rules are changed to a simple majority requirement, which currently does not exist. Key moderate Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona have expressed opposition to changing the filibuster rules. However, Manchin, Roe v. Wade is ready to codify legislation.
Biden said he would meet with governors on Friday to get their input and that there would be “announcements to be made then.”
“The first and foremost thing we need to do is make it clear how outrageous this decision is and how much it affects not only a woman’s right to choose, which is an important, important area, but also privacy in general and privacy in general. So what should I do? “I’m going to talk to the governors about what they think. But the most important thing is to be clear: I believe we need to change and codify Roe v. Wade into law,” he said.
More context: There is no indication that either Senators Manchin or Sinema have changed or will change their positions.
But Biden’s call is linked to White House efforts to increase urgency ahead of the midterm elections — and national Democrats have increasingly raised concerns that the Biden administration is not doing enough to fight back against the Supreme Court ruling. .
Despite referendum numbers and poor chances of retaining a Democratic majority in the Lok Sabha, the White House is looking to increase their narrow majority to find a way to gain Senate seats.
Holding their current seats and adding at least two new Democratic senators could, in theory, pave the way for votes for a Senate rule change.
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