Battle Born Collective Statement on Biden Signaling Support for Meaningful Filibuster Reform

At first press conference, Biden calls for return to talking filibuster and signals support for more sweeping reforms if GOP continues to abuse rule 

Following President Biden’s remarks at today’s press conference, in which he made his strongest statements to date indicating support for filibuster reform, Battle Born Collective Executive Director Adam Jentleson released the following statement in response: 

“President Biden is refusing to let a Jim Crow relic block the results he promised to deliver. He is making clear that he knows he can be a transformational president on par with FDR if — and only if — he ends or reforms the filibuster. To achieve the goals he has identified, filibuster reform must succeed in actually breaking Washington gridlock, and allowing the public business to move forward. President Biden’s statement today was an unmistakable signal that he is willing to do what it takes to end gridlock and deliver results.” 

Background: 

Today, in response to a question about his willingness to reform the filibuster to achieve his legislative goals, President Biden said: 

“I want to get things done. I want to get them done consistent with what we promised the American people. And in order to do that, in a 50/50 Senate, we’ve got to get to the place where I get 50 votes, so that the Vice President of the United States can break the tie, or I get 51 votes without her. And so, I’m going to say something outrageous: I have never been particularly poor at calculating how to get things done in the United States Senate… We’re going to get a lot done. And if we have to, if there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”