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President Biden listens as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) speaks during a virtual meeting with Democratic governors on the issue of abortion rights at the White House on Friday. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Today, President Biden acknowledged that there are not enough votes in the Senate to make an exception in Senate filibuster rules so that Democrats could write abortion protections into law with a simple majority in the chamber. His comments came at the outset of a virtual meeting with Democratic governors in which Biden said the focus now should be on electing more supporters of abortion rights this year.

“This is going to go one way or the other after November,” he said, warning that Republicans could seek a nationwide ban on abortion if they take over control of Congress.

On Thursday, at a news conference in Madrid, Biden chastised the Supreme Court for “outrageous behavior” and said he would support an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rules. Under current rules, most legislation requires 60 votes to advance — a threshold Democrats cannot achieve in the evenly divided chamber.

Your daily dashboard

  • 1 p.m. Eastern time: Biden convened a virtual meeting with Democratic governors to discuss efforts to protect access to reproductive health care. Watch live here.
  • 1 p.m. Eastern: First lady Jill Biden visited a clinic in Richmond to urge parents to vaccinate their children under age 5 now that coronavirus vaccines are available for young children.
  • 2:30 p.m. Eastern: Biden left the White House en route to Camp David for the holiday weekend.

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