US President Joe Biden will put his plan to “fundamentally
alter” the filibuster or even eliminate the legislative roadblock that
empowers the Senate minority in motion in coming weeks, the White House said on

 This comes as Biden
aims to pass sweeping voting laws and secure the nation’s credit.

White House Press secretary Jen Psaki said Americans should
“stay tuned” about what changes Biden would embrace, as he appears to
be warming to changing the Senate rule, the Associated Press reported. Biden has
been supportive of requiring that lawmakers physically hold the Senate floor to
sustain a filibuster, but suggested on Thursday that he could support
eliminating it entirely for some issues.

Biden said that if Republicans refuse to provide the votes
necessary to raise the debt limit — as they threatened last month before
backing down on the eve of a potential government default — “I think
you’ll see an awful lot of Democrats being ready to say, ‘Not me. I’m not doing
that again. We’re going to end the filibuster.'” He was speaking in a CNN
town hall.

Biden has been hot and cold on the issue. He also said
that eliminating the 60-vote threshold to end debate on most legislation would
be “difficult” beyond the debt limit, which he called a “sacred

Voting rights is equally as consequential,” Biden
added, suggesting he would be open to filibuster changes to pass the
long-stalled Democratic legislation as well as “maybe more” on
unspecified issues.

Psaki on Friday declined to elaborate on Biden’s remarks,
only to say that Biden believes “we are at an inflection point on a range
of issues” and that “not getting voting rights done is not an

“I think the president will have more to say about this
in the coming weeks,” she added.

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked Democrats aiming to
take up the sweeping elections legislation that they have claimed would serve
as a powerful counterweight to new voting restrictions taking effect in
Conservative-controlled states.

(With AP inputs)