2 Democrat Senators Dash Biden's Hopes to End Filibuster to Pass Abortion Bills

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Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) dashed the Biden administration’s hopes that the Senate would vote to remove the filibuster hurdle to pass a law codifying Roe v. Wade.

On Thursday, President Joe Biden told reporters in Spain that he wants Congress to pass the law and suggested the Senate’s filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to overcome, be removed.

“The foremost thing we should do is make it clear how outrageous this decision was,” Biden said. “I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure that Congress votes to do that.”

“Senator Manchin’s position has not changed,” said Sam Runyon, spokeswoman for the West Virginia senator, according to media reports. And  Hannah Hurley, a spokeswoman for Sinema, suggested to Business Insider that she would not support ending the filibuster.

Sinema released a statement after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week and said the Senate rule previously protected abortion rights, noting votes that failed under President Donald Trump’s administration to make abortions illegal at 20 weeks.

In response to Biden’s comment Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) strongly signaled that Republicans would not support the move.

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