Posted on July 16, 2021 Defending Key Reforms Share: Newsweek recently published a new oped by FSFP President John Bonifaz and FSFP Board Chairman Ben Clements on why President Biden must utilize his presidential power to push the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster and pass the For The People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The following is an excerpt from the new piece: Biden has called for the need to protect and expand voting rights. But he has yet to call for an end to the filibuster, that “Jim Crow relic” as former President Barack Obama called it last year at John Lewis’ funeral, instead deferring to obstructionists like Senator Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Like Joe Biden, Lyndon B. Johnson served as vice president and for many years as senator before ascending to the presidency. With his years of experience, Johnson understood the power of the presidency to bend recalcitrant senators to his will and to advance his civil rights agenda for the American people. If Biden hopes to succeed with the agenda that the American people voted for and desperately need, he too must abandon political caution and use all of the tools and power of the presidency to do what’s right for Americans and for the future of American democracy. The eyes of history are on him. Read the entire piece here.