Obama Blasts Filibuster as ‘Jim Crow Relic’; Calls on Congress to Kill it, Pass Puerto Rico and Washington DC Statehood

Former President Barack Obama called Thursday for Democrats to end the Senate filibuster in order to pass statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., in addition to other items high on his party’s agenda.

“I’m so grateful for the legacy and work of all the congressional leaders who are here,” Obama said during a memorial service for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). “But there’s a better way than a statement calling him a hero.”

Obama said legislative
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