President Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to suggest a change to Senate rules that he believes are preventing legislation from passing.
In his tweet, the president wrote: “With the ridiculous Filibuster Rule in the Senate, Republicans need 60 votes to pass legislation, rather than 51. Can’t get votes, END NOW!”
The president wants to make it so 51 votes, instead of 60, will pass a bill in the Senate.
In the House, it just takes a straight majority to pass a bill. But the Senate requires 60 votes because that is what the Founders intended.
The Senate was designed to be the “cooling saucer,” where the two parties were forced to work together. That 60-vote threshold ensures that in order to pass legislation, the majority party needs to get some buy-in from the minority.
Back in 2013, Democrats, who at the time controlled the Senate, were so frustrated by the slow pace of confirmation of then-President Obama’s nominees that they pulled the trigger on what was known as the “nuclear option.” This essentially changed the rules in the Senate and busted the 60-vote threshold down to a simple majority of 51 votes for presidential nominees only.
In 2017, Republicans utilized the same process when they said that Supreme Court nominees would also only need 51 votes to be confirmed.
So, it can be done. The question is, will it be done for Trump?
With the ridiculous Filibuster Rule in the Senate, Republicans need 60 votes to pass legislation, rather than 51. Can't get votes, END NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
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