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Trump Wants Congress To End Filibuster Standing In Way Of New Legislation

President Trump is calling on the Republican-controlled Senate to end Democratic filibusters and pass Obamacare-replacement legislation, according to Newsmax.

“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!” Trump tweeted Tuesday. Earlier this month, he wrote: “Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!”

Sixty votes are needed to stop a filibuster and proceed with a vote. Changing the process to allow a simple majority of 51 senators to pass a bill is known as “the nuclear option.” Republican and Democratic leaders are reluctant to make the move because it would give considerably more power to the political party that controls Congress.

“We’re not going to do that,” Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority leader, told reporters. The Kentucky Republican is under pressure from the White House to hold a floor vote on the American Health Care Act, GOP-sponsored legislation that the House of Representatives approved May 4. The administration is demanding action before lawmakers leave town for their August break.

AHCA supporters claim the bill would address many of their objections to Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. However, the Congressional Budget Office projects that the AHCA would result in 23 million Americans losing access to affordable health insurance.by 2026. The government analysts predicted that while insurance premiums would go down for young and healthy Americans, seniors and poor people would pay higher rates.

The Associated Press reported that McConnell’s challenge is to craft legislation that appeals to his party’s various factions. Establishment Republicans and their more conservative colleagues disagree about whether Congress should repeal or merely reform Obamacare. Democrats are united against the bill, which means just three GOP “nay” votes would kill it.

Some Republicans, looking forward to next year’s midterm elections, fear that voting for the AHCA could prove to be extremely unpopular with voters. Lawmakers have faced large, angry crowds at appearances in their home states and districts. Polls indicate that a large majority of Americans oppose the GOP bill.

According to the AP, Republican strategists are particularly worried about the re-election prospects for Sens. Dean Heller of Nevada and Jeff Flake of Arizona. Seven other GOP Senate seats also will be on the ballot in 2018, but political pundits do not believe Democrats have a chance of winning them. When a reporter asked Heller why he plans to vote against his party’s health-care bill, he replied: “Twenty-three million people. That’s a good place to start.”

The legislation would slash $834 billion within a decade from Medicaid, which finances Obamacare insurance subsidies for working-class and middle-income Americans. The bill calls for defunding further expansion of Medicaid, which also serves people with disabilities. Each state would receive a single Medicaid appropriation to address their residents’ needs.

After Obamacare became law in 2010, the government gave each state the option of whether to accept federal funding to expand the number of Medicaid beneficiaries. Most of the 20 Republican senators who represent states that took the money oppose the AHCA, the AP reported.

Source: Newsmax
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