The Republican senators are the targets of the recent Twitter attacks by President Donald Trump.
“Looking like fools”
Disappointed by the GOP senators’ failure to stop the Democrat senators from completely controlling the U.S. Senate, Trump said the Republican senators looked like “fools.” The president has been pushing for the slimmed down Obamacare repeal bill.
The president’s tweets urged for a change in Senate rules so that the 60-vote threshold for legislation is removed and that Republicans can better push their agenda with a 51-vote majority. “The Senate, according to Trump, should go to a 51-vote majority rather than the current 60 votes.
Why the struggle?
Political analyst Dave Hunterton sheds light on how come Trump’s campaign regarding the health care law struggles to deliver even if he has gained control of all levels of government.
Despite the Republicans having the control of both the lower and upper chambers of Congress as well as the White House, Democrats have been successfully blocking Trumps’ party from passing a health care reform bill.
“There are many Republican senators who actually like particular parts of the Obamacare, and their constituents seem to agree. Millions of Americans are dependent on this health care law for coverage and are afraid to lose their benefits,” Hunterton said.
This fact casts doubt on the perceived potential success of the 51-vote threshold, considering that there are some Republicans who voted against the Obamacare repeal.
Trump’s attempts to change Senate rules
Trump made a personal appeal to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to get 51 votes, but it seems the U.S. Senate leader is not too keen on changing the rules in favor of the president’s wish. McConnell has earlier dismissed Trumps, appeals, saying that the reforms would not happen because a great majority were not interested in how the legislative body is working on the calendar.