Trump Pushes For Senate Rule Change As Shutdown Enters Second Day

Trump tweeted that Senate Republicans should use the "nuclear option" if the government shutdown continued.
Posted at 12:30 PM, Jan 21, 2018

President Donald Trump is putting a bit more pressure on Senate Republicans to end the partial government shutdown.

The president tweeted Sunday that Republicans should use the "Nuclear Option" if the stalemate continues.

The nuclear option refers to doing away with a Senate rule requiring 60 votes. Instead, senators would need a simple majority — in this case 51 votes — to pass legislation.

Right now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems opposed to that option.

A senior Senate Republican told Bloomberg it's possible a deal will be reached Sunday that could fund the government through Feb. 8. As part of that agreement, Democrats would get a vote on the Senate floor to protect young immigrants from deportation.

But on Saturday, some senators told Politico that McConnell wouldn't agree to that.

Even if the Senate passed a spending bill, the House would still need to take it up. And right now, House Speaker Paul Ryan seems pretty adamant that the government needs to be funded until at least Feb. 16.