“In recent years, the filibuster has become a routine means for the Senate minority to block major advances on issues supported by the majority of voters. But we cannot allow it to be used to block efforts to protect our democracy,” Obama said. “That’s why I fully support President Joe Biden’s call for Senate rules to be changed as needed to ensure upcoming voting rights bills are voted on. And every American who cares about the survival of our most cherished institutions should also support the President’s call.”
Obama’s article comes a day after Biden and Vice President Harris gave back-to-back speeches in Atlanta calling on Congress to pass voting and election reform legislation. Calling the Senate “a shell of his former self,” Biden said he supports changing Senate rules to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.
The former president laid out what he called an “unraveling of fundamental democratic principles.” From pro-Trump rioters storming the Capitol and the continued spread of falsehoods about the 2020 election, to partisan manipulation and Republican-led state-level bills designed to “suppress the vote” and thwart the election process change, Obama wrote: “America’s long-standing great experiment in democracy is being severely tested.”
“Now is the time for all of us to follow John Lewis’ example. Now is the time for the US Senate to do the right thing,” Obama said. “America’s longstanding experiment in democracy is being severely tested. Future generations are counting on us passing this test.”