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Biden says he backs changing filibuster rules for abortion

MADRID — President Joe Biden mentioned Thursday that the Supreme Court’s determination ending a constitutional proper to abortion is “destabilizing” and that he helps changing Senate rules to codify nationwide abortion protections. He maintained the ruling doesn’t have an effect on U.S. standing on the world stage as he took credit score for modernizing the transatlantic alliance to adapt to new threats from Russia and China.

Biden was chatting with reporters on the conclusion of a five-day overseas journey to huddle with NATO allies in Madrid and the leaders of the Group of Seven superior democratic economies within the Bavarian Alps, which got here because the nation was nonetheless grappling with the fallout from Friday’s Supreme Court determination.

“America is better positioned to lead the world than we ever have been,” Biden mentioned. “But one thing that has been destabilizing is the outrageous behavior of the Supreme Court of United States in overruling not only Roe v. Wade, but essentially challenging the right to privacy.”

He added: “I could understand why the American people are frustrated because of what the Supreme Court did.”

Biden said he would support changing the Senate filibuster rules, which require 60 votes to pass most legislation, to allow bringing a bill extending nationwide abortion protections to pass by simple majority, but he said it would likely require voters to send additional Democratic Senators to Washington to get done.

The three-day NATO summit included the Biden administration announcing plans to permanently bolster the U.S. military presence in Europe, an agreement between Turkey, Finland and Sweden to pave the way for the accession of Nordic nations into NATO, and the alliance updating its strategic concept reflect that China’s “coercive policies” are a problem the Western bloc’s pursuits.

“I think we can all agree that this has been a historic NATO Summit,” Biden said.

He noted the last time NATO updated what is essentially its mission statement was 12 years ago, when Russia was characterized as a partner, and the document didn’t even mention China. The new document hammered out at the summit changes that.

“The world has changed, changed a great deal since then,” Biden said. “This summit was about strengthening our alliances, meeting the challenges of our world as it is a day, and the threats we’re going to face in the future,” Biden said.

Biden also highlighted announcements at the G-7 meeting, including more economic and military assistance to Ukraine as it aims to beat back Russia’s four-month invasion, and announcements on tougher sanctions meant to punish Moscow.

“We are going keep on with Ukraine and the entire alliance goes to stay with Ukraine so long as it takes,” Biden said. “I don’t know what it how it’s going to end, but it will not end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine in Ukraine.”

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