President Joe Biden She made headlines Monday when she said she didn’t believe codification of abortion rights law but regretted saying it, telling a reporter she “shouldn’t have answered” his question.
At the end of a separate press conference in Indonesia, after Biden took premeditated questions from several reporters, NBC’s Peter Alexander shouted whether Americans could expect anything “like abortion rights” in Congress.
“I don’t think they can expect much other than that we’re going to hold our positions. I don’t get into a lot of questions. I shouldn’t have answered your question,” Biden said.
Biden, who has held far fewer individual press conferences and interviews than his predecessors, is known for having a list of reporters to call, but Alexander is not on it.
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Biden said Monday that there aren’t enough votes to codify abortion rights as Republicans appear poised to take narrow control of the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections.
“Unless something extraordinary happens in the House, I don’t think there are enough votes to tick,” Biden said. “I think we’re going to get pretty close in the House … but I don’t think we’re going to make it.”
One of Biden’s handlers shouted out the remaining questions as he left the stage.
Biden also praised the results of the midterm elections, where Democrats defied expectations by retaining control of the US Senate and potentially expanding their majority. Sen. Raphael WarnockHe won a runoff the following month against Republican Herschel Walker, D-Ga.
Democrats have praised their push on abortion rights for Roe v. Wade’s better-than-expected showing, with Biden pledging last month to ask Congress to federally codify abortion rights if he retains the majority. Voters across the country voted in favor Ballot initiatives to protect abortion access Last week, from California to Montana to Michigan.
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However, Republicans are likely to secure a majority in the lower chamber, although there are still many races with pending vote counts.
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Biden fielded the questions on Monday after a high-level meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, where the two discussed issues such as the status of Taiwan and human rights. According to their conversation, they did not discuss the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China.
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