Tuesday, May 30, 2017

What did Donald Trump do today?

He called on the Senate to change its rules to pass his healthcare and tax reform plan.

Trump tweeted this morning that "The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy." Setting aside the fact that the Senate does not take orders from the president--or that this GOP-controlled Senate is openly hostile to Trump's legislative ideas--the tax reform and health care plans he has proposed would be adopted by the Senate under budget reconciliation rules. 

Budget reconciliation rules already require only a simple majority.

Who cares?

  • The president should probably know something about how the Senate works.