Trump Calls For ‘Nuclear Option’ To Pass Border Wall Funding


President Donald Trump called on the Senate to change the rules so Republicans can pass a bill funding his border wall over the objections of Senate Democrats.

The president is calling for the Senate to change the rules so that only a simple majority is needed to advance legislation to a final vote.

“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done!” Trump said on Twitter. “Our Country is counting on you!” 

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Fox News:

President Trump on Friday publicly urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to deploy the so-called “nuclear option” to jam through a controversial spending package that includes billions in border-wall funds, as Washington’s warring parties remain on a collision course toward a partial government shutdown at midnight.

“Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!” the president tweeted, referring to congressional slang for overhauling the Senate filibuster so legislation can pass with just 51 votes, as opposed to the usual 60.

The president prodded McConnell to shatter Senate precedent after the House approved $5.7 billion for a border wall as part of a measure to fund the government through early February. Trump hailed the 217-185 vote as a big victory – one that GOP leaders scrambled to cobble together when the president abruptly backed off tacit support for an earlier Senate-approved stopgap that did not include the wall money.

With a 60-vote threshold, however, the House-passed package stands little chance of being endorsed on the Senate side.

Trump backed the “nuclear option” after Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and others called for it.

“House just passed a bill that fully funds government and enables @realDonaldTrump to secure our border/build the wall. Senate can do same by eliminating the filibuster. 51 votes, same as we do for judges!” Daines tweeted. Trump afterward said Daines has his “total support” in that effort. More

Get on with it Mitch… Harry Reid would have done it to you. Funny how the Democrats were all for strong border security up until President Donald Trump took up the charge, now they’re all completely against it.

“The Democrats are absolute hypocrites. All along they’ve been supporting walls, and supporting fences and supporting all sorts of border security,” says President Trump

Twitter users completely go insane:

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