Now that his successful first official international trip is over, President Trump has set his eye to domestic issues, specifically to the sluggish processes in the Senate over the replacement of the Affordable Care Act and tax cuts.
“The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!” the President tweeted on May 30.
The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2017
This is not the only time the President has asked for the end of the 60-vote threshold to stop dispute on a bill. With the Republicans’ thin majority of 52 seats in the upper chamber, the 60-vote threshold has been a difficult obstacle for Trump’s agenda.
Democrats have been resorting to the filibuster to halt many of Trump’s policies because with the 6-vote ceiling, there have to be at least eight Democrats that will side with Republicans to push the bill through and winning that many Democratic votes has proven to be quite difficult.
Republicans have already played the “nuclear option” card to appoint judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
The nuclear option ended the 60-day threshold for Supreme Court nominees, but it may also be called on in other disputable situations.
Democrats also used the same strategy when Obama was president, so if it were to happen again during Trump’s tenure there would nothing surprising in the procedure.
The President is right in saying that the nuclear option may be needed to replace and revoke the Affordable Care Act. Currently, it seems that a vote to revoke Obamacare only has 51 votes. Two House Republicans have said they are not prepared to vote on the reform yet.
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