Trump renews call to end filibuster after GOP health care plan stalls

Trump renews call to end filibuster after GOP health care plan stalls
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President Trump early Wednesday renewed his call to end the filibuster in the Senate after Republican leadership admitted there are not enough votes to pass their latest effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. 

"We will have the votes for Healthcare but not for the reconciliation deadline of Friday, after which we need 60. Get rid of Filibuster Rule!" Trump tweeted. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsStates fill family caregiver void left by Congress GOP senator: ObamaCare fix could be in funding bill Collins: Pass bipartisan ObamaCare bills before mandate repeal MORE (R-Maine) on Monday announced her opposition to the health-care legislation sponsored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock Graham on Moore: 'We are about to give away a seat' key to Trump's agenda Tax plans show Congress putting donors over voters MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyTrump met Senate Republicans on ObamaCare fix Senate GOP tax bill will include repeal of ObamaCare mandate Alabama GOP chair warns party officials against write-in campaign MORE (R-La.). GOP Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump's dangerous Guantánamo fixation will fuel fire for terrorists Tech beefs up lobbying amid Russia scrutiny Ad encourages GOP senator to vote 'no' on tax bill MORE (Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulCongress must end American support for Saudi war in Yemen Black men get longer prison sentences than white men for same crimes: study Sarah Palin on sexual harassment: 'People know I'm probably packing' so they 'don't mess with me' MORE (Ky.) had already come out against the measure.

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Republicans have until Friday to pass health reform under the budget reconciliation deadline with just 50 votes, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. 

After Sept. 30, the GOP would need 60 votes in order to overcome a filibuster from Senate Democrats. 

Republicans currently hold a narrow 52-seat majority in Congress' upper chamber.