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Trump Slams GOP Senators: ‘Look Like Fools; Filibuster Rule ‘A Joke’

On Saturday, President Donald Trump made it painfully obvious that he is not happy with the Senate putting its traditions ahead of getting things done as he made a series of tweets where he called the 60-vote filibuster rule “a joke” and said GOP senators “look like fools.”

Trump demanded that senators embrace rule changes that reduce the power of the party not in power to obstruct the agenda of the party with a majority. As it stands, it takes 60 votes to break a filibuster on legislation, which means that unless a single party has more than 60 votes, the minority party can block legislation, which includes budget bills.

Budget reconciliation is the manner in which the Senate used to try and overhaul Obamacare, but the GOP majority could not get enough votes to pass using that method, which didn’t require 60 votes, but just a majority.

Trump said that Democrats, who have blocked GOP initiatives in the Senate, would change the rules to their advantage if they held power.

“President Trump isn’t playing around anymore. He’s reached his boiling point with establishment Republicans,” wrote Andrew Mark Miller on Young Conservatives. “Just like the rest of us, (Trump) is wildly upset with the GOP for failing to pass any form of repeal of Obamacare.”

Miller said the votes are there, but the will is not.

“In order to change the rules of the Senate, a majority of Senators would have to vote in favor. Remember, there are 52 Republicans in Congress’ upper chamber. Should be easy enough if the GOP decides to grow a spine and actually fight back,” he said.

This isn’t the first time Trump has weighed in on Senate rules. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he has no plans to make any changes in the Senate’s traditions.

“That will not happen,” he said in response to Trump’s calls in May that the Senate shift to simple majority voting instead of its requirement to have a 60-vote majority for most items.

“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar,” McConnell said then.