Hillary Clinton: Filibuster should be lifted for voting rights legislation

Hillary Clinton: Filibuster should be lifted for voting rights legislation
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE said in an interview released Thursday that she supports repealing the filibuster for constitutional issues, including voting rights legislation and other measures.

Clinton told Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for her 2016 presidential campaign, that the filibuster “stands in the way of a lot of legislation, and whether or not it can be either reformed or eliminated is what we will find out in the next few weeks.”

"It certainly should be lifted for constitutional matters, and I would put election law matters at the top of that list," Clinton said on an episode of Palmieri’s podcast, “Just Something About Her,” published on Thursday.

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The current filibuster rules require 60 votes in the Senate to move forward with legislation. Calls for nixing the procedural tool have gained steam recently among Democratic lawmakers, and President BidenJoe BidenHow 'Buy American', other pro-US policies can help advocates pass ambitious climate policies Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Photos of the Week: Manchin protestor, Paris Hilton and a mirror room MORE has signaled that he is open to making significant changes to the filibuster if it continues to be a roadblock to passing legislation on top priorities such as voting rights legislation.

Clinton in the interview released Thursday accused Republican lawmakers of seeking to block voting rights bills following Biden’s victory over former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE in the 2020 presidential election.

"We had a good election. More people voted. It was fair. It was credible. It was certified by lots of Republican states and the Republicans didn't like the result. Being the result-oriented folks that they are, they're trying to change the rules to make it harder for people to vote and have their votes counted," Clinton said on the podcast. "And I do think this is a direct constitutional challenge to the rights of citizenship, to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendment, to a long line of cases."

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration with Sinema rises Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race Guns Down America's leader says Biden 'has simply not done enough' on gun control MORE (D-N.Y.) has vowed that the Senate will hold a vote on sweeping voting rights legislation known as the For the People Act.

Senators in a committee hearing last week battled over the legislation, which expands voting access, creates an independent nonpartisan redistricting commission in an effort to get rid of partisan gerrymandering and more. 

"This Senate will once again be the forum where civil rights are debated and historic action is taken to secure them for all Americans," Schumer said last week. 

The Senate is also expected to move on the John LewisJohn LewisBiden injects new momentum into filibuster fight Patience with Biden wearing thin among Black leaders Biden, Harris mark 10th anniversary of MLK memorial MORE Voting Rights Act, legislation to restore previous protections in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were limited in 2013 by the Supreme Court.