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White House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster

White House says Biden would prefer to not end filibuster
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A top White House official confirmed Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenFour members of Sikh community among victims in Indianapolis shooting Overnight Health: NIH reverses Trump's ban on fetal tissue research | Biden investing .7B to fight virus variants | CDC panel to meet again Friday on J&J On The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes MORE remains opposed to ending the filibuster and pointed to the administration's success in passing the COVID-19 relief package as evidence that it can get its priorities through Congress.

Communications director Kate BedingfieldKate BedingfieldWhite House says Biden 'first to say' gun executive actions are 'not enough' Manchin throws cold water on using budget reconciliation 'SNL' mocks Biden trip on Air Force One stairs MORE told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperArkansas governor says 'divisive' Trump attacks on GOP officials are 'unhelpful' Arkansas governor: Veto on trans youth bill was a 'message of compassion and conservatism' Buttigieg: Lawmakers can call infrastructure package 'whatever they like' but 'it's good policy' MORE on "State of the Union" that Biden remains committed to winning Republican support even after no GOP lawmakers broke with their party in either chamber to vote for the $1.9 trillion relief bill.

"It is still his position [that the filibuster should be preserved]," Bedingfield said. "He wants to work with Republicans, to work with independents. He believes that, you know, we are stronger when we build a broad coalition of support."

Tapper then asked Bedingfield how the administration will address other issues, such as its push to raise the minimum wage, that cannot be passed via the Senate's 50-vote budget reconciliation threshold. She responded that GOP voters and Americans at large would rally behind the administration's agenda.

"We also got it done with the support of 75 percent of the American people, including over 50 percent of Republicans," she said. "We were able to pass this legislation with massive bipartisan support across the country."

Her comments come as progressives in the House have reissued their calls for the filibuster to be scrapped or for Vice President Harris to overrule the Senate parliamentarian over which legislation can be passed through the reconciliation process, ideas that have seen little support from party leadership.

Moderates in the Senate such as Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats 'Just say no' just won't work for Senate Republicans MORE (D-W.Va.) have also indicated their opposition to using the reconciliation process to get around opposition from GOP senators, citing an unwillingness to break tradition and a desire for bipartisanship in the chamber.

"I'm not willing to go into reconciliation until we at least get bipartisanship or get working together or allow the Senate to do its job," Manchin said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."