Won't Change Rule To Try To End US Shutdown: Senate Republicans

The spokesman was responding to a question about President Donald Trump's comment on Twitter that if the shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules.

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Won't Change Rule To Try To End US Shutdown: Senate Republicans

Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate. (File)


Washington:  US Senate Republicans oppose changing the chamber's rules so that legislation to fund the government and end the current shutdown could pass with a simple majority, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.

The spokesman was responding to a question about President Donald Trump's comment on Twitter that if the shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules that currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass. Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate.

"The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation," the spokesman for McConnell said in an email.
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