Trump encourages Senate to change rules after health care defeat


Posted on: July 28th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Trump continued to express his dissatisfaction with Senate Republicans after their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed.

In a series of tweets Friday morning, the president encouraged the Senate to change its rules to require just a 51-vote majority to pass future legislation.

 

If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017

…Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously signaled that he would not support changing the Senate rules.

“There is an overwhelming majority — on a bipartisan basis — not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar. And that will not happen,” McConnell said at a press conference in May.

The suggestion from the president comes just hours after the Senate narrowly voted down the so-called “skinny repeal” version of the Republican health care bill.

The plan — which would have repealed some parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual and employer mandates — was voted down 51-49 early Friday morning.

Three Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — voted against the bill along with the entire Democratic caucus.

In the immediate aftermath of the bill’s defeat, the president reacted to the news by targeting those Republicans that voted against the bill.

3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017

McConnell admitted Thursday night that Senate Republicans will likely have to move on to other legislative issues.

“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats are ready to work with Republicans on future health care legislation.

“We can work together. Our country demands it,” Schumer said. “Let’s give it a shot.”

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President Trump continued to express his dissatisfaction with Senate Republicans after their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act failed.

In a series of tweets this morning, the president encouraged the Senate to change its rules to require just a 51-vote majority to pass future legislation.

 

 

 

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell previously signaled that he would not support changing the Senate rules.

“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis, not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar. And, that will not happen,” McConnell said at a press conference in May.

The suggestion from the president comes just hours after the Senate narrowly voted down the so-called “skinny repeal” version of the Republican health care bill.

The plan — which would have repealed some parts of the Affordable Care Act, like the individual and employer mandates — was voted down 51-49 early Friday morning.

Three Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, voted against the bill along with the entire Democratic caucus.

In the immediate aftermath of the bill’s defeat, the president reacted to the news by targeting those Republicans that voted against the bill.

 

 

McConnell admitted last night that Senate Republicans will likely have to move on to other legislative issues.

“I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats are ready to work with Republicans on future health care legislation.

“We can work together. Our country demands it,” Schumer said. “Let’s give it a shot.”



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