Biden stops short of saying filibuster should be scrapped

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President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Senate’s filibuster rule is “abused in a gigantic way,” President Biden said on Thursday — while stopping short of saying it should be scrapped altogether.

Some Democrats believe the rule — which allows senators to speak for as long as they wish unless three-fifths of the body vote to move on — contributes to legislative gridlock and should be retired.

But Biden said on Thursday that he wants to “deal with the abuse” of the filibuster rather than remove it.

 

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