Senator Durbin: Trump recommendation would mean ‘end of the Senate’ (video)

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In a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., said that President Donald Trump’s recommendation that Senate Republicans should invoke the nuclear option and eliminate the filibuster amid negotiations to end the government shutdown would “be the end of the Senate” as it is currently known.

On Sunday, Trump posted a tweet in which he advised Senate Republicans to employ the nuclear option and “vote on a real, long term budget” should the stalemate in Congress continue.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

“If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!” he added, referring to a temporary spending measure known as a continuing resolution.

If the Senate Republicans take Trump’s advice, Durbin argued, “That would be the end of the Senate as it was originally devised and created going back to our founding fathers. We have to acknowledge our respect for the minority, and that is what the Senate tries to do in its composition and procedure,” Durbin told host George Stephanopoulos.

“Let’s get this done on a bipartisan basis,” Durbin said. “We’ve produced a bipartisan approach to many of these issues. If the president and the leaders in Congress will sit down with us, we can resolve this quickly.”

Invoking the nuclear option would involve the altering of Senate rules to permit legislation to pass with a simple majority instead of 60 votes.

Durbin contended that bipartisan negotiations are already occurring in the Senate and there is no need for Republicans to trigger the nuclear option.

“There are bipartisan conversations going on right now. I know that Senator Schumer has met with the leaders of those efforts, Democrats, and Republicans, who are, in good faith, trying to find common ground and put this behind us,” Durbin said. “But at the end of the day, the president needs to step up and lead in this situation.”

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