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Senate Republicans Rebut Trump’s Nuclear Option



Last night, a GOP majority in the House of Representatives passed a spending bill that includes $5.7 million for a border wall. The bill, however, is not expected to have enough support in the Senate to pass.

Photo Credit: Michael Jolley

Donald Trump and others have hinted that Republicans may want to force the bill through via a “nuclear option.” Orrin Hatch, normally a supporter of all things Trump, has come out against that strategy.

This morning, Trump tweeted at Senate leader, Mitch McConnell urging him to do whatever it took to pass the bill. The president wrote, “Mitch, use the Nuclear Option and get it done! Our Country is counting on you!”

Hatch responded this morning by encouraging Trump to stay the course:

“I’ve long said that eliminating the legislative filibuster would be a mistake. It’s what’s prevented our country for decades from sliding toward liberalism. It’s inconvenient sometimes, but requiring compromise is in the interest of both parties in the long term.”

Hatch was not the only Republican senator to come out against the option. Long-time Trump nemesis, Jeff Flake, said he won’t support the strategy. Flake tweeted, “The Senate filibuster is about the only mechanism left in Washington that brings the parties together. Deploying the nuclear option would blow that up. I will not vote to do it.”

Even if McConnell was to deploy the nuclear option, he would need almost full support from Senate Republicans. Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate and could only face defections from more lawmakers than just Jeff Flake.

Of course, some Republicans came out in favor of nuking the filibuster. Trump called out Montana lawmaker, Steve Daines, for his support, “Thank you for being willing to go with the so-called nuclear option in order to win on DESPERATELY NEEDED Border Security! Have my total support.”