Donald Trump doesn't seem to understand how the Senate works

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The Senate budget approved earlier this month would raise the deduction even higher, but also cut individual income tax rates. 'Dems would do it no doubt!'

Press secretary Sean Spicer expanded on the tweet Tuesday afternoon, saying Trump has had "long-standing" concerns and "frustration" with the pace of the Senate and wants to see "action". Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky returned the favor to Democrats in April, removing the filibuster to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Under this mechanism, the Senate can approve the health care bill with just 51 yeas-a reality untouched by the legislative filibuster or how the majority might change it. If filibusters were eliminated entirely, it might be a little easier to pass these priorities, but Democratic opposition is not the source of the White House's problem.

The American Health Care Act-or, more likely, the Senate GOP's yet-unwritten health care bill-could already become law without 60 votes in the upper chamber.

In 2013, Senate Democrats similarly changed the rules for judicial nominees below the Supreme Court.

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Still, GOP senators are keen to emphasize that they are working on a bill that is separate from the version passed by the House, Roll Call reports.

The filibuster rule - which was formalized in 1917 but not used until 1919 to break a filibuster on the Treaty of Versailles (!) - was to further the distinction between Senate and House.

The GOP plan now rests on a repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and much of the spending associated with it, and a new set of provisions offering financial assistance and incentives for people to obtain health coverage. The legislative filibuster remains in place for most other bills, but McConnell has resisted calls to end it wholesale-including a previous demand from Trump in May.

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