President Trump tweeted on Tuesday a call for the Senate to end the filibuster option and allow legislation to pass with a simple majority. He made it clear that the purpose would be for his agenda to pass “fast and easy.”
“The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!” Trump tweeted.
The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017
The truth is that GOP leaders could pass their healthcare bills and tax reform with a 51-vote majority if the Republicans could reach agreement among themselves. With the filibuster option, it requires the Senate to have 60 votes to pass a bill. Trump wrote earlier, “The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), shot down Trump’s challenge saying simply, “That will not happen.” And GOP lawmakers have remained deeply divided on both healthcare and tax reform. Some in the Senate are holding fast to the idea that they will draft their bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare and not even vote on the version of the American Health Care Act that was passed by the House last month.
The Senate Republicans also moved against the filibuster option in their vote for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. They voted to lower the threshold to 51 votes to confirm the candidate. Senate Democrats had similarly changed the rules for the judicial nominee in 2013.
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Credit: The Hill