McConnell Signals He Will Not Change Senate Filibuster Rules After Trump Calls For "Nuclear Option"


In a floor speech Sunday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled that he was not going to follow the president's advice to change the Senate rules to end the filibuster. Such a move would allow the Republicans to end the government shutdown with their 51-49 majority, instead of the normal 60 votes. The president tweeted Sunday morning: "If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!"

McConnell said he disagreed with the Democrats decision to force the shutdown, but "I support that right from an institutional point of view."

"We all know that in the Senate, the minority has the power to filibuster... But the question is, when do you use it."

The Kentucky Republican said to his Democratic counterpart, who he says is forcing the shutdown: "To shut down the government to appease a portion of his party's left-wing base, it makes you shake your head. Who comes up with ideas like this? It makes you shake your head."

"It is the second day of the Senate Democrat filibuster and the Senate Democrat shutdown," he said.

Even if McConnell changes the rules, he will still have to convince the 3-4 Republicans who voted 'No' on the latest bill.

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