Trump rails against Senate rules in wake of health care defeat

Posted on: July 29th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Trump took to Twitter to bash U.S. Senate rules in the wake of the Republican leadership’s failure to pass any of the bills put forward to end Obamacare.

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Trump slammed the rule requiring 60 votes on some measures, contending that it allows a small number of Democrats to “control” the country.

Saturday’s tweets continue a theme that the president began early Friday and come after the Republican Senate leaders failed later on Friday to get even the 50 votes needed to push through a so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.

Trump also went after what he called “the very outdated filibuster rule” in the Senate.

GOP Senate leader Mitch McConnell has previously shown no inclination to change Senate rules.

McConnell was asked in a May 2 press conference about the president’s call to change the rules to allow a simple majority in the Senate to pass bills that now require 60 votes.

“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates,” McConnell said, adding, “It would fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We’re not going to do that.”

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