Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today on the filibuster:
“President Obama is absolutely right. It is an outrage that modern-day poll taxes, gerrymandering, I.D. requirements, and other forms of voter suppression still exist today. We must pass a comprehensive agenda to guarantee the rights and dignity of everyone in this country. And that means, among other things, reauthorizing and expanding the Voting Rights Act, for which Congressman John Lewis put his life on the line. As President Obama said, if that requires us to eliminate the filibuster, then that is what we must do.”
Former President Barack Obama called the Senate filibuster a “Jim Crow relic” and argued that it should be eliminated.