Trump calls for ‘nuclear option’ to end shutdown, McConnell signals no

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President Trump suggested Sunday that Senate Republicans change chamber rules — and resort to the “nuclear option” — so that they can pass a long-term budget with a simple, 51-vote majority, amid their funding stalemate with Democrats that has resulted in a government shutdown.

The standoff between the parties primarily centers on Democrats saying that any spending bill that keeps the government fully operational must include protection for illegal immigrants brought to the United States as children. And they have so far failed to provide the Senate’s 51 Republicans with enough votes to cross the chamber’s 60-vote threshold to end a Democrat-led filibuster and pass the spending bill.

Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border,” Trump tweeted Sunday, the second day of the shutdown. “The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no” continuing spending resolution.

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