Trump Calls for 'Nuclear Option' if Democrats Continue Shutdown

By Staff | January 21, 2018 | 9:42am EST
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President Donald Trump sent out a tweet this morning saying that congressional Republicans should use the "nuclear option" if Senate Democrats continue to keep the government shut down.

Under current Senate rules, the minority party can block a final vote on a bill if it can stop the majority from securing 60 voted to invoke "cloture" and end debate on the matter. On Friday night, the Senate Republicans managed to get only 50 votes to invoke cloture on a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through Feb. 15.

By invoking the "nuclear option," Senate Republicans would change the rules of the Senate so that it would only take a 51-vote majority to pass a bill and it would no longer be required to get 60 votes to end debate on it.

"Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border," Trump said in tweet sent out on Sunday morning.

"The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked," Trump said in the tweet. "If the stalemate continues, Republicans should to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.'s"


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