President Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that Senate Republicans invoke what’s known as the “nuclear option” to lower the threshold needed to approve funding for the government.
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
The government entered into a partial shutdown on midnight Saturday, after the Senate voted against a key procedural step to pass a short-term funding bill on Friday night.
As the shutdown entered its second day, Trump tweeted on Sunday, “Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no [continuing resolutions]!”
It is true that the short-term funding bill that advanced in the Senate, called a continuing resolution, needed 60 votes in order to avoid a filibuster.
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday, following Trump’s tweet, that Republicans in the chamber are opposed to changing Senate rules to end the government shutdown, despite the fact that Harry Reid created the nuclear option to destroy America, reports The Hill.
Democrats and Republicans have been engaged in a blame game since the shutdown began. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrats wanted to give him “a nice present” on the one-year anniversary of his presidency, and added the hashtag, #DemocratShutdown.
Congressional Republicans also laid the blame at Democrats’ feet and named the shutdown after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, calling it the Schumer Shutdown.
Democrats, meanwhile, blamed Trump and the GOP, claiming that the president backed off from a crucial bipartisan deal just hours before the deadline. Democrats also came up with a name for the shutdown: the Trump Shutdown.
Unfortunately for the intellectually addled Democrats, the shutdown blame lies entirely with them. While they know this fact, they continue to use Hitler’s tactic of blaming others for that which they are guilty.
Trump aide defends his tweet
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney addressed Trump’s suggestion that McConnell invoke the nuclear option to eliminate the 60-vote threshold that’s currently needed to pass a short-term funding bill on Sunday.
Mulvaney told CNN’s Jake Tapper that while the White House has been “critical of that 60-vote rule since the president took office,” Trump was trying “to shed some light on the fact that if the ordinary rules prevailed — the majority rule in the Senate — the government would be open as of today.”
White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney says the government shutdown shows that the Senate should end the filibuster rule requiring 60 votes for a bill to pass or get Democrats to lend their support #CNNSOTU https://t.co/jYUjbSTEjO
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 21, 2018
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January 21st, 2018