At a press conference following the annual N.A.T.O. summit, President Joe Biden praised the expansion of N.A.T.O. with the additions of Sweden and Finland and made news in a response to a reporter’s question by stating the filibuster should be done away with when considering to codify Roe V Wade and a person’s right to privacy.
In his remarks to the White House Press Corp, Mr. Biden said the expansion of N.A.T.O. was due to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In an ironic twist, the President noted that Mr. Putin’s invasion prompted the expansion that the Russian President had so opposed for years.
Mr. Biden, when asked about rising gas prices and American’s position around the world, relayed that the United States, when compared to economic performance and gas prices among the other advanced nations, that:
“…America is better positioned to lead the worlds than we ever have been. We have the strongest economy in the world. Our inflation rates are lower than the other nations in the world. The one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of the United States in overruling not only Roe v Wade but essentially challenging the right to privacy…”
When questioned about rising gas prices, Mr. Biden blamed Mr. Putin for the surge at the pump (although a case can be made for corporate greed and price gouging as well) and reminded the audience of the steps he has taken and proposed like releasing a million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and suggesting a temporary gas tax holiday (not going anywhere.)
The President made the most news at the end of the press conference on the topic of Roe v Wade and the right to privacy.
After stating he may have more to say after meeting with Governors and Friday and reminding people of the necessity to vote for pro choice candidates in the next election, Mr. Biden said:
“The most important thing, to be clear about this, I believe we have to codify Roe v Wade in the law and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that. And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should require an exception to the filibuster for this action to deal with the Supreme Court decision.”
After Kelly O’Donnell of NBC asked a follow up question on the President’s news making statement on the filibuster, Mr. Biden replied he would not apply the filibuster to:
“The right to privacy, not just abortion rights but yes abortion rights.”
It looks like the House and Senate will be making Republicans go on the record on a woman’s right to choose and privacy when Congress comes back into session after the July 4 holiday.
The campaign ads, after those votes, will probably write themselves.