President Trump — still reeling from a major health care reform loss in the Senate — wants to rewrite the chamber’s rules altogether.
The commander-in-chief took to Twitter on Saturday to call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to undo the current filibuster rule, which has been in place since the mid-1970s.
“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!” Trump tweeted.
Senators passed the existing filibuster rule in 1975 that requires a supermajority to end debate on most types of bills. If 60 senators vote in favor, it goes to the floor to either be passed or killed.
But the President seems to have tossed out all hope that his 52-member Republican majority won’t get any help from across the aisle.
“Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time……….8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!” he wrote, referring to a bill that would enable harsher punishments on undocumented immigrants who break the law.
His Twitter tirade came a little more than a day after McConnell’s last-ditch effort to repeal parts of Obamacare failed 49-51.
All 48 Senate Democrats and three Republicans — Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins — voted against the measure early Friday.
McCain previously voted to end the debate and advance the bill to the floor, before electing to kill it in the final vote.
Advancing the bill didn’t require the 60 votes Trump ranted about Saturday morning.
Senators were deadlocked in a 50-50 to end debate on Wednesday, with Vice President Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
Trump also warned members of his own party that if they didn’t end the filibuster rules — the Democrats would.
“If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!” he wrote.
Democrats actually did switch filibuster rules in 2013, scrubbing them for most presidential nominations.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the body “must evolve” and the move would get the chamber “working again.”
McConnell called it a “sad day in the history of the senate” at the time of the November 2013 move.
But as majority leader, he stripped the filibuster rule for closing debate on Supreme Court justices — clearing the path for Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed.
Trump began his morning on Twitter at 7:07 a.m. by retweeting a story from “Fox & Friends” about the on-going Russia probe.
“In other words, Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election – and why not, I want strong military & low oil prices. Witch Hunt!”