Biden remains opposed to eliminating the Senate filibuster, White House official says

Joe Biden
President Joe Biden.

  • Kate Bedingfield said that President Biden continues to oppose eliminating the Senate filibuster.
  • “His preference is not to end the filibuster,” she said on Sunday.
  • Bedingfield’s comments highlight a divide between the White House and progressive lawmakers.
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White House Communications director Kate Bedingfield on Sunday said that President Joe Biden continues to oppose eliminating the Senate filibuster.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Bedingfield said that Biden, a 36-year veteran of the upper chamber, remains committed to forging bipartisan consensus with the GOP, even after a narrow 50-49 party-line vote to approve the latest COVID-19 relief package.

Bedingfield stated that Biden aims to keep the filibuster in place.

“It is still his position,” she said. “His preference is not to end the filibuster. He wants to work with Republicans, to work with independents. He believes that we are stronger when we build a broad coalition of support.”

Host Jake Tapper then asked Bedingfield how the administration would handle other pieces of legislation, including H.R.1, the massive election overhaul that passed in the House last week, along with the party’s longtime push to raise the minimum wage to $15.

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill was passed through the budget reconciliation process, which was able to overcome the usual 60-vote threshold for legislation to proceed.

With the Senate evenly split between 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans and Vice President Kamala Harris having the ability to break ties, every Democratic member has to be on board to proceed with major pieces of legislation unless Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York can pick up support from the dwindling number of GOP moderates.

Still, Bedingfield argued that the relief package had bipartisan support in the public sphere and among elected officials.

“We also got it done with the support of 75 percent of the American people, including over 50 percent of Republicans,” she said. “We able to pass this legislation with massive bipartisan support across the country. You had something like 400 mayors, Republicans and Democrats, come out in support of the rescue plan.”

Bedingfield’s comments highlight the divide between the White House and progressive lawmakers who argue that a minimum wage hike and voting rights legislation will not survive the Senate’s 60-vote threshold.

While progressives have pushed for Senate Democrats to ax the filibuster, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are strongly opposed to the idea.

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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland says he would have voted to convict Trump in Senate impeachment trial

Larry Hogan
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at BD Life Sciences on the news of Maryland’s purchase of rapid Covid screening tests on September 10, 2020 in Sparks, Md.

  • Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said he would have voted to convict Trump if he were in the Senate.
  • Hogan said that Trump’s fate would likely be decided over the next two years.
  • “I think he’s still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion,” Hogan said.
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Republican Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland said on Sunday that he would have crossed party lines to convict former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial if he were a member of the Senate.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hogan was asked by host Jake Tapper if he would have voted to convict Trump.

“I would have,” he answered.

The effort to convict Trump for “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol riots fell short by a 57-43 margin. A conviction required two-thirds of the Senate, or 67 votes.

While all 50 Democrats voted to convict Trump, they were joined by 7 Republicans, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

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Despite escaping a conviction yesterday, Hogan said that Trump’s fate would likely be decided over the next two years.

“There was yesterday’s vote, but there’s definitely a number of potential court cases, and I think he’s still going to face the courts and the court of public opinion,” he said.

For Hogan, a second-term governor in one of the most Democratic states in the nation, his words hearkened back to his father, the late Congressman Lawrence Hogan, who served in the House of Representatives from 1969 to 1975.

In July 1974, Congressman Hogan bucked his party and became the first House Republican to back impeachment efforts against then-President Richard Nixon, which the president later said was “a very bad blow” in fighting the three articles of impeachment connected to the Watergate scandal.

Governor Hogan has been a critic of Trump for some time now, supporting the first impeachment inquiry in 2020 against Trump and calling on Trump to resign after the Capitol riots.

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