President Joe Biden direct blames Democratic Sens. In Friday’s remarks, Joe Manchin (West Virginia) and Kyrsten Silena (Arizona), criticized Democratic Sens for failing to end the filibuster. This was before a meeting of blue-state governors on abortion access.
Both Manchin and Sinema have repeatedly made clear that they will not vote to eliminate the 60-vote threshold for ending Senate floor debate for most legislation. Sinema claimed that lower votes required to pass legislation would lead to political division. In January, the two rejected an attempt at doing so. Biden called for an “exceptional filibuster” Thursday. However, such a move would virtually eliminate the entire procedure.
Congress will have to pass Roe into federal law. Yesterday, I stated that the filibuster shouldn’t stand in our way of being able to accomplish this. We don’t have the votes to amend the filibuster in the Senate right now. This means that we will need to get two votes more. Biden stated Friday that we do not need to vote now. He said it will be after November.
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“More senators and a House majority elected in November to get this bill to my desk. The choice is simple: either we elect federal senators or representatives that will codify Roe. Or, Republicans will be elected to the House and Senate and try to ban abortions across the country. Nationwide. He said, “This is going to change after November.”
Biden’s remarks were clearly a reference to the Women’s Health Protection Act. This bill would allow abortion to be performed nationwide, up until the time of delivery. It also eliminates conscience protections that are offered to nurses and doctors who choose not to do the procedure. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in September 2021, but Manchin joined all 50 Republicans in voting against it in May. (RELATED: Liberals Reignite Their Outrage At Manchin, Sinema As Calls To Abolish Filibuster Percolate)
The president added that his administration would work to block red states from implementing abortion restrictions, noting proposals that would prohibit women from crossing state lines to access abortion, and limit them from accessing abortifacients such as mifepristone.
” Last week I made two concrete announcements. The first is that extremist governors plan to prevent a woman traveling from the state she lives in that bars her from accessing the medical care she requires. If the state does not provide that care, then the federal government will protect her fundamental rights by the Attorney General. Second, states try to block a woman from getting medication the FDA has already approved, that has been available for more than 20 years, my administration will act to protect that woman’s right to that medication,” Biden continued.
Some prominent Democrats suggested that the Biden administration allow abortions to be performed on federal land. Such a move would likely violate the Hyde Amendment, which generally prohibits the federal funding of abortion.