Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday panned President Trump's Twitter suggestion to do away with the 60-vote filibuster rule in the Senate.
"We are not going to do that," McConnell said when asked about Trump's early morning tweet. McConnell, R-Ky., has long opposed making changes to the Senate rules that would lower the threshold for passing legislation from 60 to 52.
President Trump tweeted Tuesday about the $1 trillion spending deal negotiated with Democrats. Conservatives have called it a cave-in and a victory for Democrats, and Trump's tweet suggested that the best way to pass a Republican bill is to change the rules of the Senate. He also suggested a shutdown might help inspire that change.
"Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%." Trump tweeted. "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"
McConnell said the 60-vote rule has been a longstanding tradition in the Senate and there is no will to change it.
"There is an overwhelming bipartisan majority that is not interested in changing how the Senate operates on the legislative calendar and that will not happen," McConnell said. "It would fundamentally change how the Senate has worked for a very long time."