Sanders Pushes for End to Filibuster Following Obama’s Remarks at John Lewis’ Funeral

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is calling for an end to the filibuster following President Barack Obama’s reference to the legislative strategy as a “Jim Crow” relic.

During the funeral service for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Thursday, Obama criticized the filibuster — which requires a 60-vote threshold to proceed with legislation — as he reflected on all that Lewis fought for throughout his career.

“If all this takes eliminating the filibuster, another Jim Crow relic, in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” Obama said on Thursday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. 

See Obama’s remarks below:

Shortly after Obama’s eulogy at Lewis’ funeral, Sanders released a statement in support of the former president’s arguments.

“President Obama is absolutely right,” Sanders said in a statement. “It is an outrage that modern-day poll taxes, gerrymandering, I.D. requirements, and other forms of voter suppression still exist today.”

The Vermont senator also called for a “comprehensive agenda” to ensure equal rights for the American people.

He added, “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.”

Despite Democratic calls for an end to the filibuster, Republican lawmakers have opposed doing so. Just a few weeks ago, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) offered his take on the Democrats’ push.

According to the Republican lawmaker, eliminating the filibuster would be a mistake, as previously reported on IJR.

“The important thing for our Democratic friends to remember is that you may not be in total control in the future, and anytime you start fiddling around with the rules of the Senate, I think you always need to put yourself in the other fellow’s shoes and just imagine what might happen when the wind shifts,” McConnell said.

The filibuster is “a political strategy in which a senator speaks—or threatens to speak—for hours on end to delay efforts to vote for a bill. The unusual tactic takes advantage of a U.S. Senate rule that says a senator, once recognized on the floor, may speak on an issue without being impeded by anyone,” according to History.


  1. I Ching is so jealous of Bernie Sanders’ meager wealth.

    Don’t tell him that Moscow Mitch is worth probably 20 TIMES what Bernie has. If you do, his head might implode with the news. So sad.

  2. Notice how the Left always pushes for bending or breaking the rules despite how often it’s backfired on them. q.v. Harry Reid, Joe Biden.

    It’s literally a parliamentary procedure only ended by cloture. (rule 22)

    No wonder millionaire Bernie wants to do so. He’s a Commie pushing for “income equality” yet has millions and three houses. Also FREE healthcare for himself.

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