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Biden says he supports changing Senate filibuster rules to codify nationwide abortion protections

MADRID — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s decision to end a constitutional right to abortion was “destabilizing” and that he supports changing Senate rules to codify nationwide abortion protections. He claimed the ruling does not tarnish the US’ standing on the world stage as he has embraced the modernization of the transatlantic alliance to adapt to new threats from Russia and China.

Biden spoke to reporters at the end of a five-day trip abroad to meet with NATO allies in Madrid and leaders of the Group of Seven advanced democratic economies in the Bavarian Alps, which took place when the nation was still grappling with the aftermath of Die Supreme Court decision on Friday.

“America is better positioned to lead the world than ever before,” Biden said. “But one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the United States Supreme Court, which not only tried Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenged the right to privacy.”

He added, “I can understand why the American people are frustrated with what the Supreme Court has done.”

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Biden said he would support changing the Senate’s filibuster rules, which require 60 votes to pass most legislation to allow a bill to extend statewide abortion protections to be passed by a simple majority, but he said voters would likely need to send additional Democratic senators to Washington to cope.

At the three-day NATO summit, the Biden administration announced plans to permanently strengthen the US military presence in Europe, a deal between Turkey, Finland and Sweden to pave the way for the Nordic nations to join NATO, and the Updates to the alliance’s strategic concept reflect that China’s “coercive” policy poses a challenge to western bloc interests.

“I think we can all agree that this was a historic NATO summit,” Biden said.

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He noted that NATO last updated what is essentially its mission statement 12 years ago, when Russia was named as a partner and China was not even mentioned in the document. The new document hammered out at the summit changes that.

“The world has changed a lot since then,” Biden said. “This summit was about strengthening our alliances, addressing the challenges of our world as it is today and the threats we will face in the future,” Biden said.

Biden also highlighted announcements at the G-7 meeting, including more economic and military aid to Ukraine to push back Russia’s four-month invasion and announcements of tougher sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow.

“We stay with Ukraine and the entire alliance will stay with Ukraine for as long as it lasts,” Biden said. “I don’t know how it will end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”

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