President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to express his disdain for the Senate filibuster, calling on that legislative chamber to remove the rule so that he can pass his controversial healthcare package as well as tax cuts for the incredibly wealthy.
Trump was online early this morning, attempting to explain his views on Germany and flying into a Twitter frenzy about NATO. But the president didn’t stop there, and attacked the Senate for the use of the filibuster that would undoubtedly block his plans to enact sweeping changes to healthcare.
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 isn’t the first time, however, that Trump has called for ending the filibuster on legislation. “[E]ither elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%,” he tweeted on May 2. “Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”
But Senate Republicans rebuked calls to change the rule earlier in May, with Sen. John Corbyn (R-TX) calling the move a “mistake.”
“The rules have saved us from a lot of really bad policy,” he said at the time.
Trump wants a change to filibuster rules to enact legislation that has so far been stalled in Congress. His healthcare package, which would hurt millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives just days after his May 2 tweet. It was deemed dead on arrival in the Senate, however, even without considering the filibuster: at least half a dozen Republicans in the upper chamber had problems with the bill and weren’t likely to have supported it.
It’s also worth pointing out that former President Barack Obama faced hundreds of filibusters or threats of filibusters from the Republican Senate. Now that a Republican president is in power, Trump wants to change the rules to favor his party and his own interests.