President Trump on Tuesday called for a government shutdown at the end of September in order to kill the legislative filibuster in the Senate so he can pass more of his priorities.
"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!" Trump tweeted. "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!"
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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 2, 2017
Trump agreed to a deal between congressional Democrats and Republicans over the weekend to avoid a partial government shutdown that would start early Saturday morning with no spending bill. The agreement, which doesn't fund many of Trump's priorities, would keep the government open until the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Trump said in a recent interview that he'd like to do away with some of the rules that make it harder to pass legislation in the Senate, namely the 60-vote threshold to end debate on a bill. Senate Democrats currently have the ability to stymie Trump's agenda in the upper chamber because they have 48 votes, which means they can band together to block some of his more controversial plans.
Republicans have been criticized by conservative commentators in recent days for not getting more conservative priorities into the spending bill. Instead, it's widely seen as a win for Democrats because it avoids some of Trump's top priorities, such as funding for the wall on the southern border with Mexico.
However, the White House has praised the deal because it does increase defense spending without requiring an amount of non-defense spending, a condition under President Obama's administration, and increases spending on border security.