GOP rep: Get rid of ‘stupid’ Senate rules

Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyOvernight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda Realtors endorse House flood insurance extension The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 CollinsSenate heading for late night ahead of ObamaCare repeal showdown Live Coverage: Senate edges close to passing scaled-down ObamaCare repeal GOP senators: House agreeing to go to conference on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRand PaulOvernight Defense: Military won't lift transgender ban until Trump sends directions | House passes national security spending | Russian sanctions bill heads to Trump Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump | Senators unveil email privacy bill | Russia tried to spy on Macron with Facebook Senate sends Russia sanctions bill to Trump's desk MORE (R-Ky.) have both spoken out against the healthcare proposal.