Key Biden Ally in Senate Calls for Abolishing Filibuster
He believes it's necessary to pass voting rights legislation
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., a longtime ally of President Biden, announced his support for eliminating the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation after Republicans again blocked it.
In a Thursday op-ed in his home-state paper, Carper noted that 19 Republican-controlled states have passed laws making voting more difficult while many GOP candidates and lawmakers embrace the “big lie” that widespread voter fraud occurred during the 2020 election.
“I’m an optimist by nature, so I want to hold out hope that a compromise can be reached,” wrote Carper. “But I cannot look the other way if total obstruction continues. I do not come to this decision lightly, but it has become clear to me that if the filibuster is standing in the way of protecting our democracy then the filibuster isn’t working for our democracy.”
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