Obama Calls For Nixing The Filibuster If It’s Blocking Measures To Expand Voting Rights

Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the funeral of late Representative and Civil Rights leader John Lewis(D-GA) at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30, 2020. - Lewis, a 17-term Democratic memb... Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the funeral of late Representative and Civil Rights leader John Lewis(D-GA) at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30, 2020. - Lewis, a 17-term Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from the southern state of Georgia, died of pancreatic cancer on July 17 at the age of 80. (Photo by Alyssa Pointer / various sources / AFP) (Photo by ALYSSA POINTER/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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July 30, 2020 2:25 p.m.

As former President Obama made a passionate case for honoring the legacy of  the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) by expanding voting rights, he said that the Senate filibuster should be eliminated if it stands in the way of measures that protect the right to vote.

“If all of this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” Obama said.

Obama has called for filibuster reform in the past. But the debate over whether to outright get rid of the tool — which allows 41 senators to block passage of legislation favored by a majority —  has gained prominence in Democratic circles, as they contemplate a world in which they win the White House and both chambers in 2020, but Senate Republicans stymie all aspects of their legislative agenda.

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