“His preference is not to end the filibuster. He wants to work with Republicans, to work with independents,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “He believes that, you know, we are stronger when we build a broad coalition of support.”
Bedingfield’s comments on Sunday reaffirmed Biden’s stance on the filibuster’s place in Senate debate. White House press secretary Jen Psaki had told reporters Friday that the President’s view on eliminating it had not changed and that he believes “there is a path and a way forward” for Democrats and Republicans to work together, even among the push from Democrats to gut the move.
But moderate Democrats have adamantly said they oppose eliminating the filibuster, which often serves to empower the party in the minority and, advocates say, encourages bipartisan compromise.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a key moderate Democrat who is against ending the legislative filibuster, said Sunday the Senate has made the filibuster “more comfortable over the years,” and “maybe it has to be more painful.”
California Sen. Alex Padilla, who is in favor of gutting the filibuster, told CNN’s Abby Phillip on Sunday that although some of his Democratic colleagues oppose ending it, he thinks that if Republicans continue to obstruct legislation that patience will “wear thin.”
“There are a couple Democratic senators who have said they are not there yet. If we continue to see obstruction from our Republican colleagues as we saw through this Covid relief package, I think the patience is going to wear thin, even on moderate Democrats,” Padilla said.
Bedingfield told Tapper the White House is “hopeful” that the House will pass the Covid relief bill this week.
“If you’re a member of Congress and you’re looking at what’s the best thing that you can do quickly to help people in your district, I think it’s passing this bill. So we’re certainly hopeful that the House is going to move quickly,” Bedingfield added.
This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.
CNN’s Nicky Robertson, Ryan Nobles, Ali Main and Daniella More contributed to this report.Checkout latest world news below links :
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