As Democrats continue down their warpath to nuke the filibuster President Biden accidentally criticized his own party for abusing the legislative tactic. Biden did not provide a clear answer if he supports ending the filibuster but during his tenure in the Senate he touted it as a tactic about “compromise and moderation” however during the press conference Biden also called the filibuster is a relic of the Jim Crow era.
In his first press conference since entering the Oval Office, President Biden avoided giving a firm answer on his support for or opposition to the Senate’s legislative filibuster. Senate Democrats hope to eliminate the measure, a 60-vote threshold for major legislation, in order to easily pass the president’s legislative agenda.
Biden, who was once a fierce supporter of the filibuster, would not give a straight answer on the future of the filibuster. The president said that he supports “filibuster reform” but did not specify whether the 60-vote threshold should remain intact.
Biden added that the filibuster has been “abused” in the last year, when his own party was in the minority and utilized the filibuster to torpedo Republican legislation.
Biden says filibuster has been "abused in a gigantic way" and he supports bringing back talking filibusters to reduce its use for blocking legislation
— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 25, 2021
President Biden’s argument for a Democrat majority to break Senate rules is that… a Democrat minority abused them last year? pic.twitter.com/vpAvPgw5h2
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) March 25, 2021