Trump wants Senate to make things 'fast and easy' for him

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 2, 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the Senate should get rid of the legislative filibuster so that it could pass healthcare and tax-cut bills. Democrats eliminated the filibuster for executive and judicial nominees in 2013.

Republican Senators Regina Birdsell of Hampstead and Harold French of Franklin voted with the nine Senate Democrats.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has emphatically stated he is against changing senate rules to initiate a nuclear option for the legislative filibuster.

Trump has criticized the filibuster before.

"What we've developed is a budget that serves the citizens of New Hampshire, but lives within our means", said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Gary Daniels, R-Milford, in introducing the $11.8 billion spending plan. And while tax cuts almost always poll well among US voters, Trump's plan, which focuses on giving massive giveaways to billionaires like himself, has been widely viewed as a direct betrayal to the many low-income and working-class voters who helped usher him into office on promises that he would confront the establishment elite. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the budget assumes there wouldn't be a net tax cut, though Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin seemed to contradict that in simultaneous congressional testimony, by saying that tax cuts would be paid for partly with stronger economic growth. "So, as much as I'd love to go back and scrap the whole darn thing, we're simply not able to that at this moment, but we'll continue to work on it and see can do to lower costs for everyone". Ernst, elected in 2014, says she has been part of an informal GOP health care working group's discussions.

Such provisions, as well as the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 23 million Americans would lose health insurance, make the House bill a non-starter with several Republican senators.

The GOP is circumventing a possible filibuster for their healthcare bill by using the budget reconciliation process.

Republicans defeated or used parliamentary maneuvers to stop Democratic amendments that would have funded programs sought by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. This month's survey, fielded after House Republicans passed the AHCA, finds larger shares say the cost of health care for them and their family (45 percent), their ability to get and keep health insurance (34 percent), and the quality of their own health care will get worse if Congress passes the AHCA (34 percent). Democrats have been unified and vocal in their opposition to overturning the health-care policy that was the signature domestic achievement of the Obama administration.

Still, key GOP senators have signaled the plan they will craft will have major differences from the House proposal.

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