It’s too late to save the now-collapsed healthcare bill, but after the debacle played itself out, President Trump reiterated his call for the Senate to change its rules.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Trump urged the Senate to get rid of the filibuster and “go to a 51 vote majority instead of the current 60 votes,” suggesting that Democrats “control the Senate” because they can force a 60-vote threshold on legislation.
Democrats currently hold 48 seats in the 100-seat chamber, including two Independents who often vote with them. The GOP, on the other hand, controls 52 seats.
The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
Trump’s desire to scrap the filibuster for legislation has been historically opposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, but by using budget reconciliation rules, Republicans could pass the plan with only a majority vote since Vice President Mike Pence can cast a tie-breaking vote.
Four Republicans opposed even a motion to proceed with the healthcare bill, which would have allowed debate to start. The GOP did not have 50 senators before McConnell announced that the Senate would abandon its plans to immediately replace Obamacare and, instead, attempt to pass a repeal-only bill.
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