What is the “nuclear option” of step Trump wants to take the Senate?

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President Trump wants to go nuclear energy.

With a partial government shutdown threatens, Trump called on Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the implementation of the so-called “nuclear option” to pass spending bill, includes $5 billion that he requested for the border wall.

He also praised Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., to get to change to support a precedent, in the Senate, the spending bill – with its requirement for boundary wall-funding – passed.


Continue to read on for a look at how the nuclear option could be to change the Senate.

What is the nuclear option?

The nuclear option would change Senate precedent, requiring only a simple majority to pass a law, in contrast to the 60-vote-majority required. With a 60-vote threshold, the house-approved spending bill that includes $ 5.7 billion for a border wall has a low chance of actually making it out of the Senate.

With a simple majority of only 51 senators, or 50 with the Vice-President of Pence-serves as a tie-Break would be required to have a passport account, which includes Trump expenditure required by the funding limit.


Trump has often implored the Senate to get to the use of nuclear energy as an option immigration legislation passed since he was in the White house.

“Border Patrol agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the border, because of the ridiculously liberal (- democratic) laws such as Catch & Release. More and more dangerous. ‘Caravan’. The Republicans need to go to the Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW,” he tweeted in April.

Will McConnell do it?

McConnell has repeatedly said he would not go this way on the legislation. Such a drastic change would probably struggle to pick up enough, even among Senate Republicans.

Someone has it used?

Senate Republicans used the nuclear option in 2017, to overcome a Democratic filibuster and confirm Neil from gorsuch to the Supreme court.

It is the former Senate majority leader Harry Reid, for the first time the nuclear option in 2013, as he lowered the threshold of votes required for a candidate for the Federal Supreme court and other top positions.was

Fox News’ Judson Berger contributed to this report.

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