GOP Sens To Trump: We Won’t Trash Legislative Filibuster To Pass Wall Funds

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December 21, 2018 12:15 p.m.

Several Republican senators sent a clear message to President Donald Trump on Friday: We won’t “go nuclear” and eliminate the legislative filibuster to get you money for your long-sought border wall.

Without the legislative filibuster, legislation could pass the Senate with a simple majority of support, rather than requiring Republican leadership to corral the 3/5ths of the chamber currently necessary to end debate and move on to a vote.

Trump tweeted Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) should pursue this so-called “nuclear option.”

However, as CNBC’s Ylan Q. Mui reported, McConnell’s office has asserted that wall funding would be covered by the Budget Act and, as a result, would present additional obstacles to passage by a simple majority — even without the legislative filibuster.

Sen.  John Cornyn (R-TX) echoed the point on Twitter:

In addition, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on Friday announced their opposition to the move. And McConnell’s office reiterated Friday that he doesn’t have the votes to eliminate the legislative filibuster.

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