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 Collins (R-Maine) on Monday announced her opposition to the health-care legislation sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.). GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) had already come out against the measure.

{mosads}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. 

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