President Trump feels it is time for Senate Republicans to “go nuclear” and end the filibuster. He tweeted Sunday morning:
Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.’s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2018
His tweet was backed up by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who indicated on CNN’s State of the Union that ending the filibuster was one potential way to end the government shutdown. “There’s a bunch of different ways to fix this,” Mulvaney said. “We just want it to get fixed.” Right now, Senate rules say that you need 60 votes to end a filibuster. Republicans have only 51 senators, so even if every single Republican voted in unison, they would still need 9 Democrat votes to end a filibuster.
This is not the first time the president has called on Republicans to “go nuclear” in the Senate and end the filibuster. He also wanted them to do it during the battle to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. While Republicans eventually did go that route, they refused to do it for legislation. They are still very reluctant to do it, because ending the filibuster takes away a very important tool for the minority party in the Senate. The question now: Should Republicans go nuclear and kill the filibuster to end the shutdown?
CNN covers ending the government shutdown with the nuclear option:
Should Republicans kill the filibuster using the “nuclear option” to end the government shutdown? Do they need to stop dilly-dallying with Democrats and reopen the government by any means necessary? Or, would going “nuclear” be detrimental by removing a major tool in getting people to compromise?