Trump Tweets (Again) About Changing Senate Filibuster Rules
Trump Tweets (Again) About Changing Senate Filibuster Rules
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01 June, 2017, 20:22
'The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy, ' Trump wrote. "Dems would do it, no doubt!"
The filibuster is a procedural tool in the Senate that allows for endless debate on a topic. The GOP is using a streamlined procedure that would let them pass a health bill with as few as 50 votes - plus a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence - and bypass the usual 60-vote threshold. If filibusters were eliminated entirely, it might be a little easier to pass these priorities, but Democratic opposition is not the source of the White House's problem. Under this mechanism, the Senate can approve the health care bill with just 51 yeas-a reality untouched by the legislative filibuster or how the majority might change it.
The GOP plan now rests on a repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and much of the spending associated with it, and a new set of provisions offering financial assistance and incentives for people to obtain health coverage. Earlier this month, he tweeted that the country needs a "good shutdown" and called for the election of "more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%".
She also pointed to Mr. McConnell's statement last month that the Senate wasn't interested in ending filibusters for legislation, as it did when it changed its procedures in order to confirm Supreme Court justices with a simple majority.
Among more than a dozen others, the House plan repeals a 40 percent excise tax on expensive employer-provided health plans, a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning services and a 2.3 percent excise tax on sales of medical devices. It found that Republicans' House-passed bill would cost 23 million people their health insurance coverage in 2026.
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That's because a full repeal would require 60 votes under Senate rules and Republicans only have 52, said Sen. The comprehensive Obamacare repeal bill would reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the same period of time, in part by rolling back the expansion of Medicare under the Affordable Care Act.
Three days earlier, Trump tweeted, "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".
According to Benen, Trump is likely "laying the groundwork for failure" and angling for a way to put the blame on Democrats if and when the Senate fails to pass his legislative wish list. Tea Party members of the House want to cut taxes all the time, any way they can on any legislation.
Still, key GOP senators have signaled the plan they will craft will have major differences from the House proposal.
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