Trump suggests Republicans use 'nuclear option'

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13 May, 2017

In Tuesday morning tweets, the president contended that a bipartisan spending agreement - which funds the government through September 30 - shows that Republicans must either get more senators elected or change the Senate's rules so they can push spending through with only a majority vote, rather than the 60 now required.

The administration will only be able to use the additional border security funding secured in the budget deal for the 2017 fiscal year because of an existing border fencing law passed by Congress in 2006.

He said, "Our Republican team had its own victory - under the radar", he and called the bill "a clear win for the American people".

The White House last week had dropped the request over concerns about passage of the broader spending bill; Republicans will need support from Democrats in the Senate to pass the legislation.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress has a "long ways to go" before September but also said he shares Trump's "frustration" with the inappropriateness of the entire process.

"We got $21 billion of new defense spending for less than $5 billion of non-defense spending", he said.

Kicking the can down the road or taking the bull by the horn?

Both parties signed off on the spending bill to fund the federal government through to September to avert a government shutdown, with Republicans and Democrats both claiming some political victories.

Mulvaney's comments come after President Trump earlier in the day called for a "good shutdown" in September to fix the "mess" in government.

That contradicted Trump's message less than a week ago. Democrats want to shut down the government.

McConnell has said he's not inclined to change Senate rules on the filibuster and legislation. "There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar".

"One of my favorites", Mulvaney said.

"They wanted a shutdown", Mulvaney said of Democrats.

Just hours after President Donald Trump 's tweeted a call for a "good "shutdown" of the USA government , the White House blamed his threat on Democrats.

Previous shutdowns have cost the USA economy tens of billions of dollars and seen federal services grind to a halt, as thousands of non-essential personnel are temporarily laid off.

Last time, 16 days shutdown took place during Barack Obama's administration in October 2013. That included lost revenue for the national parks.

By publicly courting a future shutdown, an extraordinary move for a sitting president, Trump instead seemed to be confirming his reputation for rash statements that may yield little in the way of follow-through.

Representative Adam Schiff (D, California), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee said the only thing that would be unaffected by a government shutdown would be "golf at Mar-a-lago". That budget will be the first originated from the Trump White House. "That's a tremendous development for this president, and a huge win from a negotiating standpoint". He also cited $1.5 billion in emergency money for border security.


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