Senate Republicans on Tuesday emphatically dismissed President Trump’s demand that they get rid of the legislative filibuster to enact his agenda.
Trump blamed the Senate rules, which require 60 votes to pass most legislation, for the exclusion of key priorities from spending bills, such as money to construct a southern border wall.
“Either elect more Republican senators in 2018 or change the rule now to 51 percent,” Trump tweeted.
But the idea fell flat with GOP lawmakers, revealing a continuing disconnect between the White House and Capitol Hill.
Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) in a floor speech said that lowering the threshold to 51 votes would be a “real mistake.”
“The rules have saved us from a lot of really bad policy,” he said, armed with a list of laws that would have passed had the filibuster not been in place.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed the door on the idea a few hours later, saying the elimination of the filibuster “will not happen.”
“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar,” he said.
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