Biden: Eliminating the filibuster would "plunge the whole Congress into chaos View larger image
The president was elected on a "unity " and bipartisan platform and entered the White House as a veteran of the Senate for three decades. REUTERS
President Biden threw cold water on pressure from Democrats to remove legislative obstruction, saying he did not want to let himself be"Wrap" in arguments about a move that "would throw the whole Congress into chaos.
The Commander-in-Chief made the comments at a CNN town hall on Wednesday night after being questioned by a freshman law student on Abolishing Senate Rule to pass federal legislation against GOP-led election security bills that have cropped up in statehouses nationwide.
Biden began by explaining that he supported returning g to the days when Senators had to be in the Senate Chamber to obstruct, but nothing more.
"If you had to obstruct, you had to stand on the ground and speak," he explained. "So you had to take - there was a lot less filibuster back then. In the midst of the civil rights movement. "
When asked if he thought the obstruction protection systematic was more important than protecting voting rights, Biden replied, "No, it isn't," before explaining his position further.
Protesters gather for a rally calling on Congress to remove legislative obstruction and pass the "For the People" Voting Rights Bill, in front of the Supreme Court. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Images
Beginning by declaring that itwished Democrats could pass the legislation, he then added, "[This] I also want to do, I want to make sure that we not only bring in all Democrats, we also bring in Republicans that I know better. "
" What I don 't want to do is wonder if this is all about filibuster, "the president said of the Senate blocking by S. 1. "You will plunge the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done.
The president was elected on a platform of "unity" and bipartisanship and is entered the White House as a three-decade Senate veteran, where he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) developed a personal friendship.
Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell have developed a personal friendship through their working relationship. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Images
While he was quick to invite GOP members to the White House and engage in COVID-19 relief negotiations, it has finally moved forward with a largely progressive agenda.
Making infrastructure legislation a bipartisan effort has so far been a major goal for the Democratic leadership of the House and Senate.
"What I want to do is try to bring the country together, and I don't want to not that the debate is limited to whether we have ornot an obstruction or exceptions to obstruction or going back to how obstruction was to be used before, "Biden said Wednesday night.
Biden threw cold water on pressure from Democrats to remove legislative obstruction at a CNN town hall on Wednesday night. REUTERS
When asked again about his defensive stance on Senate rule, Biden explained: "There is no reasonno one to protect him other than you go t o throw the whole Congress into chaos and nothing will be done. Nothing at all will be done. And there is a lot at stake. The most important is the right to vote, it is the most important. "
The House passed the law for the people in early March, but it failed 51-49 in the Senate due to the legislative ruling filibustering, with the Senate rule requiring 60 members to end debate on most topics and go to the vote.
Republicans have blocked the bill because they argued that it represented a mind-boggling federal offense against states' power to conduct their own elections without fraud.