Trump pushes simple majority vote after health care bill fails

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Stung by his party’s stunning failure to fulfill seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare, President Trump on Friday again called for changing longtime Senate rules so laws could pass with a simple majority.

“If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60 … Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes,” Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

The president had fumed before about eliminating the filibuster to allow laws he favors to be approved by a simple 51-vote majority.

But Senate leaders from both parties ignored his advice, arguing that a president should not be meddling in long-standing Senate procedures.

They have also warned that any benefits for the GOP would also be reaped by Democrats if they were to recapture the majority — which could be somewhat more likely after the Republicans’ failure to kill ex-President Obama’s signature legislation.

Trump’s latest tweetstorm came hours after three GOP senators, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona joined all 48 Democrats in voting against the so-called “skinny” repeal bill that would have only partially eliminated some provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The defeat, which followed a pair of failed votes this week on earlier bills in which a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in opposition, was an embarrassing blow to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had vowed to tear up Obamacare “root and branch.”

It also deprived Trump — who promised to repeal and replace Obamacare on “day one” of his presidency — of his first significant legislative victory more than six months after he was sworn in.