Trump calls on Senate to end filibuster after healthcare defeat

President Trump on Tuesday called on the Senate to end the legislative filibuster after the collapse of the Republican healthcare plan.

“The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!” Trump tweeted. 

Getting rid of the filibuster, however, would not have guaranteed the success of the GOP plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The Senate considered the measure under budget reconciliation rules, which only required a 51-vote majority to pass. 

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Sens. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranThis week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers eye ban on Chinese surveillance cameras | DOJ walks back link between fraud case, OPM breach | GOP senators question Google on Gmail data | FCC under pressure to delay Sinclair merger review Top Senate Republicans question Google over Gmail data practices MORE (R-Kan.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Utah) blindsided the White House Monday night by announcing their opposition to the bill, joining two of their GOP colleagues. That left Republicans short of the votes to move forward with the legislation.

Trump vented his frustration at the Senate over the failure of the effort to repeal and replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhy did it take so long for Trump to drain the swamp of Pruitt? President Trump is tougher on Russia in 18 months than Obama in eight years Obama in Kenya for launch of sister’s sports center MORE’s signature healthcare law, which has been a core GOP campaign pledge for years. 

"We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans," Trump wrote in a string of tweets Monday morning. "Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!

“With only a very small majority, the Republicans in the House & Senate need more victories next year since Dems totally obstruct, no votes!”

Trump has repeatedly called on the Senate to scrap the filibuster, saying it encouraged obstructionism. 

"The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy. Dems would do it, no doubt!" he tweeted in May.

Senate Republicans have rejected the idea.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Overnight Defense: Washington reeling from Trump, Putin press conference Feehery: The long game MORE (R-Ky.) slammed the door on ending the filibuster in May, saying it “will not happen.”

“There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar,” he said.