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Trump renews call to end the filibuster

Written by Lisa

President Donald Trump on Friday reupped his demand for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do away with the legislative filibuster, something the Kentucky Republican has pledged not to do.

“With the ridiculous Filibuster Rule in the Senate, Republicans need 60 votes to pass legislation, rather than 51,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “Can’t get votes, END NOW!”

His tweet marks the latest instance of the president attempting to dictate to the Senate. He urged Congress on Wednesday to pass tax cuts and tax reform, calling it “needed more than ever before” in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

“Go Congress, go!” he said.

Trump has yet to sign a major piece of legislation since becoming president in January. But he has repeatedly called on McConnell to increase the odds of the administration enacting its agenda by reducing the 60-vote threshold to a simple majority, to no avail.

He said last Friday that “the Senate Filibuster Rule will never allow Republicans to pass even great legislation” because Republicans “will rarely get 60” votes. He called the legislative filibuster a Republican “Death Wish!”

He also complained in additional tweets last month that Republicans “are just wasting time” if they don’t get rid of the filibuster, and “few bills will be passed.”

The president expects congressional Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare and reform the tax code while also giving massive tax cuts to the middle class and reducing the corporate rate. He has also given lawmakers until March to seek a legislative fix for so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought into the U.S. as children.

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