House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in a new interview that allowing the filibuster to be used to deny voting rights would be “catastrophic” as a sweeping elections bill awaits consideration in the Senate.
“There’s no way under the sun that in 2021 that we are going to allow the filibuster to be used to deny voting rights. That just ain’t gonna happen. That would be catastrophic,” Clyburn told The Guardian in an interview published Sunday, just days after the House voted largely along party lines to pass H.R. 1, also known as the For The People Act.
Clyburn clarified that he was not “going to say that you must get rid of the filibuster” but said the party “would do well to develop a Manchin-Sinema rule on getting around the filibuster as it relates to race and civil rights.”