Trump Calls for Rule Change in Senate
Although the change he suggests would not have saved 'skinny repeal' bill
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2017 11:42 AM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 27, 2017, during a ceremony to recognize the first responders from the June 14 Congressional baseball shooting.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump's proposed solution after the failure of the GOP health care bill Friday: Change Senate rules so that only 51 yes votes, not 60, are needed for legislation to pass. Trump has made this pitch before, though it would not have saved the GOP's health care bill overnight—it managed only 49 votes, with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting no. Trump followed up his initial tweet to acknowledge that fact, Politico reports:

  • First tweet, 9:46am: If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60...
  • Second tweet, 10am: ...Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes....
As CNBC explains, the Senate was using the budget reconciliation process to pass the repeal bill, which is why it only required a 51-vote majority. Trump has called repeatedly for the Senate to change the filibuster rules for all bills, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has so far disagreed.

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