Politics

Trump Wants to Go ‘Nuclear’ — On Senate Votes

McConnell has opposed rule change

President Donald Trump wants Senate legislation to pass with fewer votes. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

If shutdown stalemate continues, Senate Republicans should nix the 60-vote rule to allow legislation to pass with 51 votes, President Trump tweeted Sunday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, has long firmly opposed the rule change.

The Senate Republican Conference continues to oppose using the "nuclear option" to eliminate the ability to filibuster legislation, a senior Senate GOP aide confirmed Sunday morning.

The Senate reconvenes at 1 p.m. Sunday, with a possible vote by 1 a.m. Monday.

Senators had failed on Friday to cut off debate on a House-passed bill that would have averted a government shutdown and extend funding another four weeks. Efforts to do what was necessary to reopen the government on Saturday also fell short.

Watch: McConnell, Durbin Make Their Case As Shutdown Looms

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