President Joe Biden met with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday for an interview that was aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” During the interview, Biden shed a little light on where he stood on the debate over whether to end the current filibuster rules.
What Biden Wants for the Filibuster
Biden surprised some of his supporters when he said that he would support tweaking the filibuster rules so that the parameters reverted back to the process prior to 1970. This means that senators would be required to hold the floor for hours on end in order to prevent a controversial bill from going to a vote.
Although the Senate rules regarding the filibuster are not governed by the president, there is no doubt that Biden is in the driver’s seat due to his slim majority in the Senate because of the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.
Congressional Democrats have been vocal about bringing an end to the filibuster if it helps them move forward with the agenda of the Biden administration.
Hard Choice for Biden
Stephanopoulos rightly pointed out that Biden would need to choose between advancing his own Democratic agenda and preserving the filibuster as it stands now. Biden admitted that the ongoing possibility of a filibuster has prevented the normal functioning of a healthy democracy.
However, Biden stopped short of saying he would use his majority in the Senate to scrap it altogether. Fear of what may happen when the Republicans gain power again is stopping this initiative. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said he would push through the conservative agenda once they regain control.