GOP rep: Get rid of ‘stupid’ Senate rules

Rep. Sean DuffySean Patrick DuffyRep. Hensarling will push deregulation until retirement GOP lawmaker: Trump-Tillerson tensions are part of the president's 'strategy' Right worries about Trump move on immigration MORE (R-Wis.) said the GOP is having trouble carrying out its agenda because of "stupid" Senate rules.

"Get rid of the filibuster rule," Duffy said on "Fox & Friends."

"You only need 51 votes. Get rid of it."

Duffy was pressed on whether he was willing to do that if Democrats are in the majority.

"Democrats are going to do it anyway when they have the majority," Duffy said.

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"They're going to get rid of it when they have the majority. We might as well do it now and accomplish this agenda."

Duffy said the American people want "us to accomplish this agenda."

"And we're not getting it done because of stupid Senate rules," he said.

President Trump earlier this year called for the Senate to end the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to break, and allow legislation to pass with a simple majority.

He said in a May tweet the change would help his agenda to pass "fast and easy," adding that Democrats would do it "no doubt."

Duffy's comments come as the Senate seeks to pass healthcare reform legislation. But with 52 GOP members of the upper chamber, Republicans can only afford two defections and still get to the 51 votes needed to pass the bill with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Pence.

So far, Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Prosecutors tell Paul to expect federal charges against attacker: report MORE (R-Ky.) have both spoken out against the healthcare proposal.