Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trump Hopes For ‘Good’ Shutdown To Nix Filibuster Get Chilly Senate Reception

With a few exceptions, Republicans were eager to push back Tuesday on suggestions by President Trump that the Senate needed a “good” shutdown so that it would nuke its legislative filibuster rules.
Perhaps the strongest pushback came directly from the top, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was asked if it was time to change the Senate rules for passing legislation.
“No, it isn’t,” McConnell told reporters flatly.
“It would fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time,” he added. “We’re not going to do that.”
The President complained on Twitter earlier Tuesday that Republicans needed Democratic votes to reach the 60-vote threshold required to pass a recent short-term federal government spending bill.  Read full story here 

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