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US needs 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

Representative Trent Franks, pointing to the compromise spending bill moving to the House and Senate floors this week, said Democrats have a "choke hold" on bills despite being in the minority.

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! Not one", he said in April.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. The real boom time for the filibuster began in 2009, with the election of Barack Obama and the decision by Mitch McConnell to engineer, via a strategy of total obstruction, a 60-vote threshold in the Senate for just about everything.

It was a Republican Majority Leader, Trent Lott, who, according to lore, coined the term "nuclear option", when Republicans considered using a simple majority to change Senate rules and end Democrats' filibuster of judicial nominations during the Bush administration.

Trump complained about the budget deal in a pair of tweets earlier Tuesday and called for a "good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

Nevertheless, Trump is convinced Dems are the source of his troubles, and it led the president to take his whining in a new direction this morning with a pair of odd tweets.

The $1 trillion spending bill, which will keep the government running through September, does not include funds for a wall on the border with Mexico, one of Trump's key agenda items.

It was a continuation of a public push by his advisers to counteract the notion that Trump had been forced into an agreement he dislikes.

Something happened Tuesday morning that set Trump off. Mulvaney said the president was "frustrated" that Democrats "went out there to spike the football and make him look bad". And Trump himself used the normally non-political football ceremony to proclaim his own success.




It was the "American people" who "won" in the spending negotiations because "the president negotiated that for them", Mulvaney said, crediting Trump directly. "They were desperate to make this administration look like we couldn't function, like we couldn't govern". "This is a huge victory for the president".

Meadows' remarks came a day after White House officials predicted that a vote on the American Health Care Act would take place this week in the House, sending that bill to the Senate.

Asked how the president would define a "good shutdown", Mulvaney suggested "it would be one that fixes this town".

The White House on Monday had praised the deal as a win for the nation's military, health benefits for coal miners and other Trump priorities, a message that Trump reiterated in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a ranking member of the Appropriations Committee.

Indeed, Republicans appeared eager to ignore Trump's latest outburst and focus on an agreement they said was worth supporting.

In a briefing at the White House Tuesday afternoon, Mulvaney said that the so-called Cost Sharing Reduction payments, which offset the cost to insurers of providing affordable health coverage to low-income consumers, might be discontinued when they next come due in three weeks. But Ryan said the proposal "is something that nobody has a problem with, and it's actually helping" round up support.

"If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make", Kimmel said in comments viewed online by over 3 million people. He portrayed it as a win for his party.

To be clear, there are some things that the White House and Republicans should be happy about: they got increased military spending (not as much as they wanted, but still, it's more); more border-security money that can go toward fixing existing fencing and more technology and sensors; funding for 10 more immigration judges; more money for Customs and Border Patrol; not to mention, even more loosened campaign-finance disclosure requirements; slashing of food stamps (because of lower enrollment, Republicans say); freezing IRS funding; and cutting money to the Department of Education.

In a Bloomberg Politics interview yesterday, for example, Trump insisted, "Democrats are obstructionists; that's all they can do is obstruct".

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