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Biden Still Against Ending Filibuster, Says Press Secretary

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Biden Still Against Ending Filibuster, Says Press Secretary


President Joe Biden remains opposed to ending the filibuster rule, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. When asked at a press briefing on Friday on whether Biden’s position on the rule had changed, Psaki replied bluntly: “He has spoken to this many times. His position has not changed.”  Last year Biden went on the record as being against nuking the filibuster. The filibuster is a procedure that can be used to delay or block legislative action and it has a long history. It first became popular in the 1850s when it was used to hold the Senate floor in order to prevent a vote on a bill. It quickly became a tool employed by minority factions to halt legislation that had majority support. Then, around the start of World War I, the cloture rule was added, making it possible to end a debate with a two-thirds majority vote. The modern filibuster rules …

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