Obama calls for end of 'Jim Crow relic' filibuster if it blocks voting reforms
July 31, 2020
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday called for the elimination of the Senate's filibuster rule if it is used to block sweeping voting reforms, labeling the chamber's long-held 60-vote threshold a "Jim Crow relic."
Delivering a eulogy at the funeral of Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Obama implored politicians to go beyond paying lip service to the civil rights icon and urged leaders to continue Lewis' life's work by pushing for reforms. The best way to honor Lewis, the former president said, would be to pass the recently introduced voting rights act named in his honor.