Trump Shocks Voters & Announces End To Senate Filibuster; America Outraged


President Trump has literally tweeted dozens of times in the short time since arriving back in the United States from his inaugural trip overseas as president. On Tuesday, he took to Twitter to address, among other things, the ongoing debate over the future of health policy in America.

Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed an Obamacare replacement bill, known formally as the American Health Care Act and informally known as Trumpcare. This bill is ghastly, with tens of millions of people projected by the Congressional Budget Office to lose their health coverage, should it pass.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, the bill has been held up big time in the Senate, with even some Republicans speaking out against it.

Most legislation brought before the Senate requires, in the description¬†of the The Washington Post, a 60 vote level of support to pass. Getting 60 Senators to support the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill will be, however, no small task, with only 52 Republicans in the upper Congressional chamber meaning that any majority of Senators must include Democrats.

With this concern in mind, President Trump evidently thinks the best thing to do is overhaul the Senate rules so as to require only 51 votes to pass the health care bill.

Writing on Twitter this Tuesday, Trump said, “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!”

Although there is a procedure to get legislation to only require 51 votes in the Senate already in place, Trump appears to be suggesting that the Senate, as led by Trump shill Mitch McConnell, should do away with the 60 vote requirement altogether.

Still, Trump comes across as not understanding the functioning of the Senate with his seeming ignorance of the fact that GOP Senate leadership is already working on the 51 vote thing. At least in the case of health policy, Senate Republicans plan to cast their version of the AHCA as a reconciliation bill, and thus only need 51 votes.

Reconciliation bills are pieces of legislation designed to “reconcile” present needs with those of already passed appropriations legislation. It’s not clear if the Trump administration’s proposed tax cuts for wealthy people would be able to be passed under the same guise.

As always, Twitter was quick to point out Trump’s ridiculousness, and you can check out some of the best replies below:

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