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President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump said GOP senators are ‘wasting time’ by keeping the filibuster



President Trump on Wednesday said Republican senators are “wasting time” by keeping the Senate’s legislative filibuster.

Trump’s tweet comes as he has struggled to implement his agenda this year despite controlling the White House and GOP majorities in the House and Senate.

The president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have repeatedly sparred in public this month over the Senate’s legislative achievements.

McConnell earlier this month, for example, criticized Trump’s “excessive expectations” for the legislative process.

“Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before,” he said in Kentucky.

“And I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell added.

“And so, part of the reason I think people feel like we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality and the complexity of legislature may not have been fully understood.”

Trump responded by tweeting out that the Senate should get “back to work” on Republican priorities before saying he was “very disappointed in Mitch” later the same day.

The president has repeatedly vented about the Senate’s high-profile failure to pass legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare last month.

Trump has repeatedly pressured GOP senators to scrap the 60-vote filibuster, which means the Republican majority there requires some Democratic votes to pass legislation.

McConnell said earlier this month that Republicans will not kill the measure despite Trump’s prodding.

“There are not the votes in the Senate, as I’ve said repeatedly to the president and to all of you, to change the rules of the Senate,” he said. “The votes are simply not there.”

There is bipartisan opposition among senators for gutting the legislative filibuster, and McConnell has previously spoken out against the idea.

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