McConnell Pushes Back On Trump Tweet Urging GOPers To Use ‘Nuclear Option’

on January 17, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) speaks to members of the media after a Senate Republican Policy Luncheon as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) listens January 17, ... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (R) speaks to members of the media after a Senate Republican Policy Luncheon as Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (L) listens January 17, 2018 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held the weekly luncheon to discuss GOP agenda. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 21, 2018 10:24 a.m.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Sunday pushed back on President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Senate Republicans should change the chamber’s rules to pass a long-term spending bill with 51 votes if negotiations remain fruitless.

“The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation,” a spokesperson for McConnell told TPM in an email.

Trump on Sunday urged Senate Republicans to “go to 51%” if negotiations regarding the ongoing government shutdown remain in a stalemate.

Meanwhile, the White House blamed Senate Democrats for the shutdown, while Democrats blamed Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and the White House, for their failure to strike a deal.

This post has been updated.

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