President Trump calls to end the Senate filibuster

Federal Government -- July 31, 2017

President Trump has repeatedly called for the Senate to end the filibuster via the so-called "nuclear option" of changing Senate rules to allow a simple majority to end debate before a vote.

Currently, ending debate requires 60 votes, a super-majority. Therefore, for most votes, 41 Senators can prevent a measure from ever being voted on. However, the Senate can change this rule that makes a filibuster possible with only 51 votes, a simple majority. This option has only been used twice, once by the Democrats in 2013 for executive and judicial nominees (except for Supreme Court nominees), and once by the Republicans in 2017 for Supreme Court nominees.

President Trump has expressed his desire for the Senate to change the rules allowing for any filibuster, and he has begun to increase pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do so. On July 29th, 2017, President Trump tweeted:

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!
The very outdated filibuster rule must go.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!
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!
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!

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