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    ‘I Don’t Think There’s Enough Votes’: Biden Pulls Back Promise To Codify Roe V. Wade

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    In light of the potential of a Republican House, President Joe Biden withdrew his pledge to make codifying Roe v. Wade his first piece of legislation following the midterm elections on Monday. He stated that he doesn’t “think there’s enough votes.”

    “Mr. President what should Americans expect from Congress as it relates to abortion rights after the midterms?” after Biden’s comments with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia, NBC’s Peter Alexander yelled at him in the middle of a question-and-answer session. According to Biden, he was instructed to call on four reporters; nevertheless, this question seemed to be a last-minute addition, shouted from the sidelines.

    “I don’t think they can expect much of anything other than we’re going to maintain our positions. I’m not going to get into more questions. I shouldn’t even have answered your question,” Biden said.

    “I don’t think there’s enough votes to codify, unless something happens unusual in the House. I think we’re going to get very close in the House. I think we’re going to be very close, but I don’t think we’re going to make it,” he continued.

    Shortly after Biden’s statements, NBC News predicted that Republicans will hold a majority in the House, with the GOP holding 219 seats and Democrats holding 216. (RELATED: If Democrats Win the Midterms, Biden Promises To Codify Roe V. Wade)

    In the past, Biden has emphasized that if Democrats won control of the House and the Senate, codifying the federal right to abortion would’ve been his top goal.

    “The first bill I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade. And when Congress passes it, I’ll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land,” Biden declared in October.

    In June, the Supreme Court reversed Roe, giving the states sole discretion over abortion laws. Democrats only need 53 votes in the Senate, according to Biden, but 60 votes are needed to end the filibuster, making it doubtful that Roe will be codified.

    More on this story via The Daily Caller

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