Trump tweets — and Dems pull two bills from floor

House Democrats pulled two bills from the floor schedule on Wednesday after President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE tweeted his opposition and encouraged Republicans to vote against one of the measures.

Trump’s tweets heightened the possibility that the measures would be defeated on the floor, particularly since they were being considered under the suspension of House rules — and would have required two-thirds majorities for passage.

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Trump urged Republicans to vote against a measure that would end a legal challenge to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s reservation in Massachusetts. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D-Mass.), a presidential candidate who Trump has repeatedly feuded with, backs the bill and Trump used her support to press his party to oppose it.

“Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren,” Trump tweeted, using his derisive nickname for Warren. “It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!”

The measure would end a legal challenge to the tribe’s reservation that has been brought by opponents of its proposed casino. The proposed casino would be built by the Malaysian gaming conglomerate Genting.

The Department of the Interior reversed plans to reserve 321 acres for the tribe after a lawsuit was filed, according to The Cape Cod Times.

The measure backed by Warren also has GOP support in the House, but had drawn opposition from conservatives even before Trump’s tweet.

Critics of the bill have taken issue with Genting’s involvement in the casino.

“They have fronted the Mashpee tribe over $500 million, and it's all about this casino in Taunton,” Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse Freedom Caucus votes to condemn Amash's impeachment comments Amash storm hits Capitol Hill House passes tribal land bills after votes were canceled following Trump tweet MORE (R-Ariz.) said in an interview.

The second bill pulled from the schedule was backed by Rep. Tom ColeThomas (Tom) Jeffrey ColeHouse panel approves language revoking 2001 war authority as Iran tensions spike Conservatives ask White House to abandon Amazon talks over Pentagon contract This week: House to vote on bill to ban LGBTQ discrimination MORE (R-Okla.) and would have affirmed the federal government’s right to place land into a trust for a tribe’s benefit.

Democrats criticized Trump’s tweet and said they would consider the bill opposed by Trump and backed by Warren in a simple House vote next week that would not require a two-thirds majority.

They said they would still consider the Cole bill under suspension next week.

“The president he sent out a tweet, which was silly — I'm trying to use the kind of words I can use — it was the wrong thing to do,” House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment Trump urges Dem leaders to pass new NAFTA before infrastructure deal MORE (D-Md.) told reporters.

Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoTrump officials say US efforts to deter Iran have worked Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress MORE (D-Ariz.) criticized Trump’s tweet given lobbying on the bill by Matthew Schlapp, who is married to White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp.

“With this tweet, President Trump is not only allowing special interest lobbyists like Matt Schlapp – who happens to be married to his staffer – to direct federal policy, but reinforcing the federal government’s ugly history of oppression towards Indian tribes,” Gallego said.

Matthew Schlapp, a lobbyist for Cove Strategies, is one of four lobbyists representing Twin River Management Group, which owns two casinos in Rhode Island.

Twin River has Cove Strategies on a $30,000 retainer and also retains Black Diamond Strategies and Locke Lord Public Policy Group, both at $30,000. Hans Klingler with Black Diamond Strategies, former chief of staff to former Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), is another familiar lobbyist on retainer.

Alex Gangitano contributed.