Biden slams attempts to curb voting rights but says he isn't ready to call for an end of the filibuster
July 22, 2021 at 02:19
(CNN) President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he did not want to get "wrapped up" in arguments about the filibuster and it would "throw the entire Congress into chaos," as some Democrats call for weakening the Senate's filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.
"What I want to do is I'm trying to bring the country together, and I don't want the debate to only be about whether or not we have a filibuster or exceptions to the filibuster or going back to the way the filibuster had to be used before," Biden told CNN's Don Lemon at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati.
The President said: "There's no reason to protect it other than you're going to throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done.
Nothing at all will get done.
And there's a lot at stake.
The most important one is the right to vote, that's the single most important one."
He again slammed Republicans who are attempting to curb voting rights across the country, calling it "Jim Crow on steroids."
Republicans at the state level have moved since the 2020 election to roll back easy access to voting or install new obstacles in the way of voters.