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President Biden Open to Reinstituting Talking Filibuster

He has signaled his openness to filibuster reform

President Joe Biden suggested he’d back changes to the Senate filibuster, urging a return to previous practices that required objecting lawmakers to hold the floor.

“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster,” Biden said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, an excerpt of which aired on Tuesday evening. “You have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days... You had to stand up and command the floor, you had to keep talking. You've got to work for the filibuster."

Biden’s remarks on filibuster reform are his strongest to date; White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier Tuesday that the president’s preference was “not to make changes” to filibuster rules, but that he was also “open to hearing ideas.”

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