A White House spokeswoman said Sunday President Biden won’t support abolishing the filibuster — a cherished leftist project — even though not a single Republican Senator supported his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package.
Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director, stated the president “wants to work with Republicans, to work with independents. He believes that, you know, we are stronger when we build a broad coalition of support.” The comments came during her interview on CNN’s “State of the Nation.” She added,
We also got it done with the support of 75 percent of the American people, including over 50 percent of Republicans. So we were able to pass this legislation with massive bipartisan support across the country.
Several Democrats have argued for an end to the filibuster, a change that would allow the Senate to pass legislation with 50 votes instead of a 60-vote super-majority. Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell has opposed the effort.
Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, however, claimed ending the filibuster would stop any opportunity for bipartisan efforts.
“The Senate is the most unique body of government in the world. … It’s deliberate. It’s basically designed … to make sure the minority has input. That’s exactly our Founding Fathers. And now if you want to make it a little bit more painful, make them stand there and talk, I’m willing to look at any way we can.”
Democrats currently hold power with the 50-50 split in the Senate. Vice President Kamala Harris holds the power to issue a tie-breaking vote in deadlocked efforts.
The Hill noted last week, “Liberal Democrats are growing more and more worried that the Senate will serve as a legislative graveyard for President Biden’s agenda unless he and other centrists rally behind doing away with the filibuster.”
The need for both parties to continue negotiations remain strong. This is what the nation’s founders intended, and serves as an important aspect of American government today.