Trump calls for 'good shutdown' to fix mess in Senate

| Updated: May 03, 2017 07:08 IST

New Delhi [India], May 3 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump has called for a 'good shutdown' in September to fix the "mess" in the Senate. He said that legislation needs 60 votes in the Senate because of the filibuster and suggested that it would be necessary to elect more Republicans or "change the rules." "The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We.... either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%. Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" Trump tweeted.

Republicans are still split on whether to approve a bill Trump supports to roll back the Affordable Care Act, and also Trump had to agree to major concessions on a stopgap spending bill in order for it to win support in the Senate, which requires 60 votes to pass the legislation where as Republicans only control 52 votes in the 100-seat chamber. According to Senate rules, 60 lawmakers need to agree before most bills can move to a final vote. Trump is apparently disappointed with the spending deal Congress is poised to approve this week. Votes on the USD $1.1tn budget deal which would fund the government through September are expected this week. Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are sent home and national parks and museums are closed during the shutdown. Last time, 16 days shutdown took place during Barack Obama's administration in October 2013. (ANI)

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