Trump Makes Unusual Case for Eliminating Legislative Filibuster

The President on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to change the chamber's legislative filibuster rules in order to pass big-ticket agenda items with a simple majority.

The filibuster allows senators to hold up legislation without a 60-vote threshold.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellTrump calls for end to filibuster Five goals for Republicans this summer GOP leader tempers ObamaCare expectations MORE (R-Ky.) shot down Trump's call at the time, saying "that will not happen". Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, so they will have to use the Senate's "reconciliation" process to "tinker around the edges" to repeal pieces of the law known as Obamacare they find to be the most objectionable while trying to protect Iowans who face the loss of individual health insurance options as private insurers drop out of the exchange.

Trump has criticized the filibuster before. Democrats argued it underestimates revenues and prioritized tax cuts for businesses over protecting the state's most vulnerable residents. Ernst, elected in 2014, says she has been part of an informal GOP health care working group's discussions.

In his tweet, Trump didn't differentiate between tax cuts and a broader tax reform package. A budget and tax hikes can still be passed after that date, but it takes additional votes in the House and Senate, which makes the job much more hard.

"I wish that we could repeal it fully and figure out a different way forward. ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!"

The state Senate worked into the night on Wednesday to pass a two-year state budget for 2018-19, with the Republican majority defeating several attempts by Democrats to increase spending on social services, education and mental health in a series of 14-9 party line votes.

Republicans have invested months of effort in using the reconciliation maneuver, which brings particular complications because it is tied to the budget process and limits the scope of what can be considered.

The Republican-led New Hampshire Senate has approved an $11.8 billion budget, but still must vote on a companion bill making policy changes to support the appropriations. The Press Secretary added that Democrats in the Senate have delayed and also obstructed a number of nominations brought about by the president. Democrats have been unified and vocal in their opposition to overturning the health-care policy that was the signature domestic achievement of the Obama administration.

  • Larry Hoffman