Trump Just Revealed on Twitter He Has No Idea How the Senate Works

Trump Just Revealed on Twitter He Has No Idea How the Senate Works

Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Host of Hardline Radio Show

Donald Trump’s behavior is usually explained away by pointing to the fact that he’s never been in politics before, but does that include ignorance of how the legislative branch of our government works?

In his usual fashion, Trump took to Twitter to remove any doubt about his knowledge of our democratic process with one tweet.

In less than 140 characters, Trump insisted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell change the rules of the Senate so that the filibuster is eliminated when debating legislation so that Trumpcare and his tax budget is on the floor, Republicans can vote to pass without needing a single vote from Democrats.

This tactic was used by McConnell recently in order to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch, but will he do it again?

Last April, McConnell told the press that at “the core of the Senate is the legislative filibuster” and even though he changed the rules for Gorsuch, “this that this [changing the filibuster rule to confirm Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch] somehow bleeds over into the legislative filibuster is untrue.”

The senator said he is “opposed” to changing the rules because that would “fundamentally change the Senate.”

In addition to irrevocably altering the Senate, Trump’s proposal would affect the differentials between the 2 houses of our legislative branch. In 1917 the filibuster was created so that the minority in the Senate (where the majority rules) had a voice.

The filibuster also forced both parties to work together because there were 65 voted needed to break a filibuster and that meant Democrats and Republicans had to come to a consensus when debating and finalizing legislation.

Currently, the Trump administration is using reconciliation to force Trumpcare and their tax budget through. In this way, those 2 items become a series of rule changes which can be passed with a simple majority vote.

Journalist Louis Nelson explained : “Bills to repeal and replace Obamacare and overhaul the U.S. tax code are both expected to move through Congress via a process called reconciliation that would require just 50 ‘yes’ votes in the Senate.”

This fact confounds many as to why Trump would tweet out a demand to remove filibusters when his administration is already getting their agenda through using a same tactic he is calling for.

Twitter put it this way…

Susanne Posel

Susanne Posel

Chief Editor | Investigative Journalist

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