A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected the President’s calls for the use of the “nuclear option” to kill the filibuster and pass a budget with a simple majority Friday; saying Republican votes simply “are not there.”
“The Leader has said for years that the votes are not there in the Conference to use the nuclear option. Just this morning, several Senators put out statements confirming their opposition, and confirming that there is not a majority in the conference to go down that road,” said David Popp, McConnell’s communications director.
The statement comes just hours after President Trump urged McConnell to use the option; a procedural tool that would change Senate rules and allow the passage of the budget with a simple 51-vote majority.
Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2018
“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!” Trump tweeted.
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