By Geoff Earle, Deputy Political Editor for dailymail.com in Bali, Indonesia
President Joe Biden conceded for the first time since Democrats retained the Senate, beating House expectations that they likely lacked the support to codify Roe v. Wadeabortion protection.
Asked at a press conference in Bali on the topic — a key topic in elections in key House and Senate races — Biden said on Monday that “I don’t think they can expect too much from anything other than that we have our views on the abortion issue.’
Democrats had hoped that by increasing their majority in the Senate, they could try to pass a law that restores the protections the Supreme Court has removed and left to states.
“I don’t think there are enough votes to codify unless something out of the ordinary happens in the House,” Biden said.
The Democratic House passed a bill this year that would have codified Roe, but it failed the 50-50 Senate already controlled by Democrats.
Now the Democrats are looking for a majority of 50 or 51 seats in the Senate. But Biden probably still doesn’t have the votes to jam through procedural changes that would overcome a filibuster, meaning even his narrowly expanded majority isn’t enough.
“I think we’ll get very close to holding the House,” President Joe Biden said in Bali, suggesting it could tip over to Republican control
It was also his first acknowledgment that the House might be just out of reach. Though undecided, the GOP could grab a slim majority. A Republican majority would have no interest in pushing through the protections Biden seeks.
“I think we’re getting very close,” the president said at an event that followed a three-hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“But not me, I think it will be very close – but I don’t think we’re going to do it,” he said.
The Supreme Court overturned the nationwide right to abortion earlier this year, in a ruling that infuriated abortion rights supporters and appears to have helped determine the outcome in key races. A string of conservative states have passed new abortion bans or allowed previous ones to take effect.
Biden, incidentally, applauded the elections that took place while he was in Asia, echoing comments from his advisers who said that even fellow world leaders followed the results in states that would determine the disposition of political power in Washington.
“I think it’s going to be very close, but I don’t think we’re going to do it,” he said, indicating that Democrats would probably just not be able to maintain their majority in the House.
Biden spoke in Bali after meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping
The two men discussed a range of issues and Biden said he would send Foreign Minister Antony Blinken to Beijing.
“There was a strong rejection of political violence and voter intimidation, an emphatic statement that the American people were victorious,” Biden said.
He called the election a “rejection of election deniers at every level,” a reference to the defeat of a string of candidates who supported President Donald Trump’s repeated allegations of electoral fraud, despite dozens of court rulings against him.
‘I traveled this week. It is clear how closely the world and our allies and our competitors have followed our elections,” he added.
He said they showed a “deep and unwavering commitment” to “preserving democracy.”
He said it showed America was “ready to play” and continues to push its values around the world.
“The Democrats believe that we will remain fully engaged with the world and that we actually know what we are talking about,” he said. He said the results underlined America’s “back,” a favorite phrase.
His comments came after his advisers, as DailyMail.com previously reported, noted that foreign leaders he met in Cambodia were commenting on the US election results.
“So, it’s interesting to see how closely all the leaders from these different countries, including leaders from countries that are not themselves democracy, follow American politics very closely, down to the state races that they are all very familiar with, surprisingly, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.
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