Mitch McConnell said he has repeatedly told President Trump “no” on changing the filibuster rule.
As reported by politico.com
Some things never change.
President Donald Trump continues to plead for the end of the legislative filibuster, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell keeps saying no.
“As I’ve told him repeatedly, the votes aren’t there to change it,” the Republican leader told POLITICO Playbook’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman in an interview Wednesday. “They just aren’t there. It’s not just me.”
The president’s latest call to eliminate the 60-vote threshold to shepherd through legislation came during a private meeting Tuesday with House and Senate Republicans, with Trump telling lawmakers to change the rules before Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) does.
McConnell, however, sees no need.
The Kentucky Republican, who this month became the longest-serving GOP Senate leader, touted Trump’s presidency as the best year and a half for the GOP since he first came to the Senate in 1985 — noting the passage of massive tax cuts and confirmation of a string of conservative judges, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
“So the president has much to be pleased about,” McConnell said. “I don’t think the legislative filibuster, which has been around for a long time, is a problem. And it does, I think, generate on many occasions kind of a bipartisan solution, and I don’t think that’s always bad for the country. We do have some pretty big differences about a number of things, but there are a lot of things we do together.”