Trump blasts Senate filibuster, claims Russia was against him in election

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President Trump tweeted Saturday that the Senate’s GOP majority will “NEVER win” unless the Senate eliminates the filibuster, a rule that bars its 52-member GOP majority from unilaterally passing bills.

Under the filibuster, 60 senators must agree to open debate on bills. Under the Senate’s current situation, that means eight Democrats must go along with all 52 Republicans before a bill is debated.

“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!” Trump tweeted at 7:20 am.

“The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!” he continued eight minutes later.

Under Senate budget reconciliation rules, a 51-member majority is required to pass budget bills, and filibusters and debate are limited.

Trump tweeted on: “Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time….”

“Great” GOP bills will stay stalled if the party doesn’t make the change, the President said.

“……8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law [which harshens punishment for aliens convicted of crimes] and complete Healthcare. Get smart!” he wrote at 7:39 am.

“If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!” he added.

The President began his morning Tweet session retweeting a Fox & Friends story about Russia.

“In other words, Russia was against Trump in the 2016 Election – and why not, I want strong military & low oil prices. Witch Hunt!” Trump wrote at 7:07 am