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US President Openly Supports Abolition Of Senate 60-Vote Rule To Force Passage Of Democrats’ Two “Voting” Bills

US President Joe Biden called on the Senate to change the rule requiring 60 votes to advance a bill, saying it was the only way to pass the two Democratic initiatives federalizing the elections and ensure the “rule of law. the majority “.

Speaking on Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia, Biden said “Now is the time to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.” He said he had had “Quiet conversations” on the change with members of Congress over the past two months.

“I’m sick of being silent” Biden said raising his voice. “Today I am clear. To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules the way they are to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking voting shares. “

“The majority should rule in the US Senate”, he added.

While Democrats have a nine-vote majority in the House of Representatives, the Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris playing the tiebreaker role. While that 51-vote majority was used to approve Biden’s nominations, the long-standing filibuster rule requiring at least 60 votes to pass bills obstructs the free vote law and John Lewis’ Advancement of Voting Rights Act.

Both were proposed by Democrats as a way to impose a federal standard on U.S. elections in response to what they called “Suppression of voters” bills passed by Republican state legislatures after the controversial 2020 vote.

Repeating this accusation on Tuesday, Biden argued that “History has never been kind to those who sided with the suppression of voters to the detriment of voters’ rights”, and compared anyone opposed to the bills to racists and segregationists.

Although Biden spent 36 years in the Senate and has repeatedly championed filibuster when Democrats were in the minority, he argued on Tuesday that “The threat to our democracy is so serious that we must find a way to pass these voting bills.”

Last week, on the anniversary of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Biden called the 2020 election “The greatest demonstration of democracy in the history of this country”. Officially, Biden won the most votes in US history.

His predecessor Donald Trump claimed that voting in several states – including Georgia – was “rigged” and riddled with irregularities, highlighting such things as the widespread postal voting introduced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amid controversy over Georgia’s presidential vote totals, Democrats won the second two elections for the state Senate seats. While the state’s Republican government has dismissed Trump’s complaints about the vote, it has also passed a “Integrity of the vote” law last March, responding to some objections of the former president. A number of other GOP-run states have followed suit.

Last summer, Biden called these state laws an “attack” on America and democracy itself. In June, his Justice Department sued Georgia, alleging the law had a racist intent to “repress” the black vote and thus hurt the Democrats.

The refusal of two prominent Senate Democrats – West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema – to break the filibuster has already derailed Biden “Build back better” economic agenda. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said the two election bills could be put to a vote as early as Wednesday.


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