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With Trump continuing to blame Democrats for closing the government—Twitter Trends has a different take on whose fault it is, though—he tweeted some advice early Sunday morning to the Senate Republican leadership. Get rid of the filibuster rule that requires 60 votes to get a funding deal passed.
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
This isn’t the first time Trump has tried to convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get rid of the filibustering rule, which would then allow any vote in the Senate to be won by a simple majority. Last July, after Congress failed to repeal Obamacare, Trump tweeted that McConnell should end the filibuster.
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
McConnell, though, has said plenty of times before that he wasn’t going to nuke the filibuster rule.
Even though the Democrats in 2013 changed the rule that allowed filibusters for lower-court and appeals-court judge nominees and even though McConnell expanded that rule in 2017 to cover Supreme Court justice nominees, he doesn’t want to get end the longtime Senate quirk altogether.
That would “fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time,” McConnell said at the time. “We’re not going to do that.”
But here’s what Trump forgets (or ignores). Just like in the effort to appeal Obamacare, a simple majority vote wouldn’t have mattered anyway. That’s because too many Republicans joined most of the Democratic caucus and voted against continuing to fund the government with the current legislation. In this case, Republican leadership couldn’t even get 51 votes to keep the government open. Ending the filibuster rule wouldn’t have changed that.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.