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President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump said the Senate should end the filibuster, insisting 'Dems would do it, no doubt'


If you didn't know, in order for a bill to pass the Senate, it only takes 51 votes. However, if you want a bill to pass without the opposite party constantly deliberating on the bill until it's dead, you need 60 "cloture" votes to break a possible filibuster.

This fact of the American political system has irritated President Trump, who tweeted out in frustration Tuesday morning, saying that he wants the Senate to switch to a 51-vote approval process for cloture, so that issues like health care reform and tax cuts can be passed. 

Trump called for an end to the 60-vote limit earlier this month. 

"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 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!" Trump wrote at the time. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was less high on the idea than the president, saying "that will not happen." 

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