Former Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBiden fails to break GOP 'fever' Nevada governor signs law making state first presidential primary Infighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms MORE (D-Nev.) said that if Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE defeats President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE in the upcoming White House race, and Democrats take control of the Senate, Biden should spend “no more than three weeks” attempting to work with Republicans before ending the filibuster in the Senate. 

The now-retired lawmaker told The Associated Press that Democrats have too many policy priorities to reach agreements under the Senate procedure requiring 60 votes to advance pieces of legislation.

“Biden — who wants always to get along with people — I understand that,” Reid told the AP.


“We should give the Republicans a little bit of time, to see if they’re going to work with him,” he continued. “But the time’s going to come when he’s going to have to move in and get rid of the filibuster.”

Reid has regularly called for lawmakers to scrap the filibuster. However, the AP noted that the former Democratic leader has rarely suggested a timeline for lawmakers.

“We want to get something done,” Reid, specifically citing climate legislation. “There’s so much more to do and we can’t do it if it takes 60 votes to get it done.”

Reid partially ended the filibuster in 2013 for most presidential appointees. Republicans in 2017 abolished the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.

Obama earlier this year supported ending the filibuster during the funeral for Civil Rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisProgressive groups ramp up pressure on Feinstein More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill This Juneteenth, will Congress finally ensure Black freedom? MORE (D-Ga.). He called the rule a “Jim Crow relic” and said it should be ended to help pass legislation restoring a central provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Reid told the AP this week that “of course I let him know I appreciated it,” following Obama’s comments.

The AP noted that supporters of the filibuster argue that the procedure keeps the Senate from becoming another iteration of the House, using only majority rule.