Biden vows next congressional bill will legalize abortion if Democrats pick up seats

President Biden said Tuesday that if the American people elect more Democratic senators and retain the House in November, the first bill he would send to Congress would be Roe v. Wade would codify.

“If we do, I promise you and the American people this: The first bill I will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade,” Mr. Biden said at Howard during a Democratic National Committee speech. said during Heavy Democratic Theater in Washington, D.C. “And when Congress passes it, I’ll sign it in January, 50 years after Rowe first set the law of the land.”

But getting enough democratic support in Congress is a major obstacle. The president already has a majority in both chambers of the Capitol, but lacks the 60 votes needed in the Senate to pass legislation. On Tuesday, Mr Biden said he was short of a “handful” of Democratic votes in the Senate. And it’s likely to be even more difficult after the midterm elections—there are no major polluters who will currently see Democrats retain control of the House.

One possibility Democrats explored was lowering the 60-vote threshold to pass an abortion access bill. eliminate filibusterA legislative move that would require only 51 votes – but that’s two more votes than he currently has, as two Democrats oppose that approach.

The president has also said that Democrats need two more seats in the Senate to codify Roe, which accounts for the “no” votes that would be cast by Democratic censors. Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema.

“If you give me two more senators in the United States Senate, I promise you, I promise you, we’re going to codify Roe and make Roe the law of the land once again,” Mr. Biden said in the National last month. Education Association, Washington, DC. In

While Democrats have snatched the Republican lead in the fight for House control, helped by induced abortion-rights voters, among other factors, Democrats haven’t been able to raise the numbers people who prefer abortion

After the Supreme Court, the President and other Democrats are focusing on abortion access as a major issue in the mid-2020s hit the cry in June. The Biden administration has tried to protect access to abortion as much as it can, but the president has acknowledged there is only so much he can do without a supportive Congress.

— Ed O’Keefe, Gabby Acke and Caitlin Hugh-Burns contributed to this report

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