The president is not afraid to leverage his influence and pressure the GOP leadership within Congress. On Friday morning, President Trump intensified his challenge with Senate Republicans to do away with the legislative filibuster.
“If Senate Republicans don’t get rid of the Filibuster Rule and go to a 51% majority, few bills will be passed. 8 Dems control the Senate!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
The president has been consistent in his pressure to “get rid” of the filibuster for months now. He has most recently doubled down in his efforts to influence Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He wants GOP leadership to abolish the option and make sure Republicans have the power to pass their agenda without the help of Democrats.
Last month, President Trump called out McConnell and charged the GOP lawmaker to end the filibuster and allow votes to be passed with a simple 51-vote majority. Trump reserved most of his criticism of the filibuster for the health care debate. The Republicans did not need 60 votes on that bill since the ObamaCare repeal was discussed under special budgetary rules that nullified the filibuster. But the GOP was unable to garner even the 50 votes they needed in their repeal effort.
Will the president’s pressure tactics work, or will they backfire on him dismantling any hope for GOP unity?
Credit: The Hill