Biden just announced he would support killing the filibuster to get voting rights passed – 'and maybe more'

Biden just announced he would support killing the filibuster to get voting rights passed – 'and maybe more'
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. -- Vice President Joe Biden salutes Airmen from Langley here Feb. 6. The vice president stopped by Langley on his way to a conference in Williamsburg, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Vernon Young)
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President Joe Biden just made big news – and made a lot of Democrats happy.

Up until now he has strongly opposed killing the filibuster, an antiquated, undemocratic Jim Crow relic.

But at a CNN town hall Thursday night President Biden suggested he would support eliminating the filibuster to pass crucial voting rights legislation, the Freedom to Vote Act.

"When it comes to voting rights," host Anderson Cooper stopped to confirm what the President had said, "just so I'm clear, though, you would entertain the notion of doing away with the filibuster on that one issue, is that correct?"

"And maybe more," President Biden teased, to applause.

This new position comes just one day after Republicans for the third time blocked debate on the Freedom to Vote Act, with not a single member of the Senate GOP caucus will to even allow a discussion on the legislation that would protect the right to vote.

President Biden suggested he would be unable to pass his Build Back Better agenda if he agreed to "straight up" end the filibuster, saying he would lose three Democratic votes in the Senate if he did. But after that passes, he made clear, the voting rights bill will be his focus and he would be support eliminating the filibuster to get it passed.

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