WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he supports overhauling the Senate filibuster to require the minority to talk on the floor to block legislation, endorsing a momentous change that some progressives say could help advance his agenda.
Biden said senators should have to “work for the filibuster” when ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked him whether he will have to choose between preserving the 60-vote rule and advancing his agenda.
“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster. You have to do what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days,” Biden said in an interview published Tuesday evening. “And this is — a filibuster, you had to stand up and command the floor. You had to keep talking alone.”