Trump blasts own party, calls filibuster 'GOP death wish'

Trump blasts own party, calls filibuster 'GOP death wish'
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President Trump is blasting Republicans again on Twitter just days after he shocked his own party by agreeing with Democrats on a fiscal deal.

Trump called the filibuster a "Repub Death Wish" in a Friday morning tweet, saying the party would never get anything done under the rule. He also ripped Republicans for promising to deliver ObamaCare repeal for seven years and then failing to do it.

 

 

The tweets are sure to be seen in the context of Trump's deal with Democrats, which has both parties wondering if a president who once donated to Democrats might move away from his current party to do more deals with the minority.

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The White House has said that it agreed to the fiscal deal with Democrats in part to clear the decks for tax reform. Trump desperately wants a big legislative victory in his first year in office, and his team is now focused on taxes despite some long odds.

Trump also urged Republicans to move quickly on the issue in a third tweet posted on Friday morning.

 

Trump praised Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after agreeing to their terms on a deal to extend the debt limit, fund the government and provide aid for communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.

He has also been more critical in recent weeks of GOP congressional leaders in the House and Senate, particularly Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.).

The filibuster requires the Senate to win 60 votes on procedural motions, giving the minority the power to block legislation. McConnell has repeatedly said he is not interested in changing the rule, which both parties have used while in the minority.

When Congress sought to repeal ObamaCare earlier this year, it did so under special budgetary rules that prevented Democrats from using the filibuster. 

Those budget rules will expire at the end of September, giving Republicans little time to use them.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that a newer ObamaCare replacement bill in the Senate is the "most promising" option for repealing the law. 

The bill from Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senator issues stark warning to Republicans on health care Bipartisan senators offer bill to expand electric vehicle tax credit Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (R-La.) would replace ObamaCare with block grants to states instead of the law's current spending on subsidies and Medicaid expansion. 
 
The bill is a last-ditch effort to repeal the health law before the fast-track process to avoid a Democratic filibuster expires on Sept. 30. The chances of any ObamaCare repeal bill passing in such a short time frame, however, are extremely slim.
 
While the White House has offered support for the bill, Senate GOP leadership has shown little interest in returning to the bruising ObamaCare repeal fight, which failed in July. 
 
Cassidy says he plans to introduce the bill by Monday.