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Trump Blasts Senate: “Go to 51 Majority Now… 8 Dems Control Senate… Republicans Look Like Fools”

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Published on: July 31, 2017

On Saturday, President Trump tore into Senate Republicans and told them to get rid of the super majority vote of 60 senators in favor of a simple majority in order to pass Republican legislation.

Trump leveled a volley of tweets in frustration at the filibuster and Republicans not stepping up to the plate to gain victory for their legislation.  Something the Democrats have had absolutely no problem with.

“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!,” Trump tweeted.

He followed up with, “The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”

He then called them out for what many of us have said in the past.

“Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW,” he tweeted.

“They look like fools and are just wasting time,” Trump said.

He then pointed out the obvious tweeting, “8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!”

He also reminded petrified of the liberal media Republicans and RINOS, “If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!”

Of course, not only if they got the chance, but they have, in fact, done it.  Does anyone remember Harry Reid using the nuclear option?

And it wasn’t just Reid.  Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah encouraged it too.

At the time, Rush Limbaugh pointed out the more sinister aim of the option. “They just changed 250 years’ worth of rules on advise and consent, and now Obama’s gonna get every judge he wants. He’s gonna get them.”

“If they want to add seats to a court — if they want to add five new liberal seats to the DC circuit, for example — they can do it,”

“There’s no stopping ’em because the Republicans don’t have the votes…. The Democratic-led US Senate, in a historic rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees.”

Republicans should not worry about how they will appear in utilizing the nuclear option for their legislation.  After all, the cat is out of the bag on this.

Furthermore, Republicans have already used it to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch as Justice to the Supreme Court.

The fact is that a simple majority is all that is needed to pass legislation in the Senate in the first place.  The 60 vote rule is stop a filibuster and invoke cloture.

According to the House website:

Laws begin as ideas. First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended. If the bill passes by simple majority (218 of 435), the bill moves to the Senate. In the Senate, the bill is assigned to another committee and, if released, debated and voted on. Again, a simple majority (51 of 100) passes the bill. Finally, a conference committee made of House and Senate members works out any differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The resulting bill returns to the House and Senate for final approval. The Government Printing Office prints the revised bill in a process called enrolling. The President has 10 days to sign or veto the enrolled bill.

So, why aren’t Republicans doing this?

Joshua Engel comments on the history of the change from 67 to 60 votes for cloture:

It used to be that it took 67 votes to invoke cloture, but cloture meant literally shutting somebody up.  In order to deliberate, they had to talk.  That’s the climax of the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  That was changed in 1975 so that it wasn’t just a talking contest: Strom Thurmond once talked for 24 hours.  They removed the requirement to talk but lowered the margin to 60 votes.

As soon as that happened, it became possible to block any measure forever if you had 41 Senators.  For a long time, it was done rarely, not because of the rules but because of the customs.  In recent years, however, the use of filibusters has spiked, and it is now considered essentially mandatory on any bill except the most banal.

You can see that the rise started as soon as the rules changed, in the 95th Congress, but it really took off in the 110th Congress, starting in 2007.

There is no good reason not to use a simple majority to pass all the legislation they want.

The question that now needs to be asked is, do they really believe the rhetoric they spew at us or do they not?

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