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Biden backs filibuster exception to protect abortion access


Washington DC: President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would support an exception to the Senate filibuster to protect abortion access, a shift that comes as Democrats coalesce around an election-year message intended to rally voters who are outraged or deflated by the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Although Democrats already control the...

Voting bill collapses, Democrats unable to change filibuster


Washington DC: Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights leaders say is vital to protecting democracy collapsed when two senators refused to join their own party in changing Senate rules to overcome a Republican filibuster after a raw, emotional debate. The outcome Wednesday night was a stinging defeat for President Joe Biden and his...

The filibuster has an awful history


By Jackie Calmes When President Biden last week recalled his old friend Sen. Strom Thurmond and the former segregationist’s record-setting filibuster against the 1957 Civil Rights Act, my mind flashed back to 1987, when Thurmond, who died in 2003 at 100, schooled me about his feat. The South Carolina Democrat-turned-Republican by the 1980s had retreated from...

Congress raises debt ceiling by $2.5 T, good for a year


Washington: The House voted 221 to 209 early Wednesday morning to increase the federal borrowing limit by $2.5 trillion, a figure Democrats say will allow the government to avoid default until early 2023. The measure, which was approved almost entirely along party lines, means Congress will likely avoid any major debt limit debates until after the 2022 midterm...

Romney warns Democrats against eliminating the filibuster


Washington: Sen. Mitt Romney last week warned Democrats against changing filibuster rules in the upper chamber, pointing to the prospect of Republicans seizing control of Congress in 2022 and former President Donald Trump potentially retaking the White House in 2024. The Utah Republican wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post and took part in opinion columnist James...

Batting for bipartisanship, Biden bullish on infrastructure plan


Cincinnati, OH: With much of his voting rights agenda stalled in Congress, the coronavirus pandemic entering a dangerous, politicized new phase and the fate of a much-needed plan to address the nation’s crumbling infrastructure still in doubt, President Biden on Wednesday stood by his support of the Senate filibuster. “What I don’t want to do is...

Biden blasts GOP states’ voting limits as ‘un-American’


Philadelphia, PA: President Joe Biden declared preserving voting rights an urgent national “test of our time” on Tuesday but offered few concrete proposals to meet it even as Texas Democrats took their own dramatic action to stymie Republican efforts to tighten ballot restrictions in their state, reported AP. Biden, who has proclaimed protecting ballot access the...

Senate Republicans filibuster Democrats’ voting rights bill


Washington: Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a sweeping legislation to overhaul federal elections, defeating Democrats' efforts to counter a wave of state-level voting restrictions. Senators voted 50-50 in the evenly split Senate on advancing the For the People Act, failing to meet the threshold of 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster, Xinhua reported. "All 50...

Biden’s infrastructure plan is filibuster proof: Senate rules

Post Date: April 7, 2021

Washington: On Monday, President Biden received a boost for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan when the Senate parliamentarian greenlighted a strategy that would allow Democrats in the evenly split chamber to rely on a 51-vote threshold to advance some bills, rather than the 60 votes typically needed. The so-called budget reconciliation rules can now be...