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Swalwell Attacks Trump For Government Shutdown Tweet

| by Robert Fowler

A Democratic lawmaker has blasted President Donald Trump for his suggestion that the government should shut down in the fall.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California responded to Trump's call for a shutdown by suggesting that the president should be impeached.

On May 2, Trump took to social media to assert that the bipartisan spending package that had recently gone through negotiations in Congress would not have required concessions to Democrats if the Senate dismantled the legislative filibuster, The New York Times reports.

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there!" Trump tweeted out.

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With the filibuster in place, any major legislative in the Senate requires 60 votes to pass. The GOP currently only has 52 seats in the chamber, which means that any spending package would require Democrats' cooperation. If the rule was done away with, the Republicans could pass legislation with a simple majority.

Trump suggested that if there were not enough GOP lawmakers in the Senate to overcome a legislative filibuster, then the party leadership should remove the rule. The president then asserted that it would be better for the government to shut down in September, when Congress must pass another spending bill, than for GOP lawmakers to compromise with Democrats.

"We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent," Trump tweeted out. "Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!"

Swalwell promptly replied to the president on social media.

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"Nope," Swalwell tweeted out. "Our country needs a White House shutdown. Working on it."

A junior member of the House Intelligence Committee, Swalwell has been among the most vocal critics of the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia. The California lawmaker has repeatedly called for the probe to be headed by an independent commission instead of Congress, The Hill reports.

Swalwell's tweet appears to be an assertion that he and his colleagues are working to either impeach Trump or simply block his administration's agenda.

On April 30, Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on a spending package for the 2017 fiscal year. Congress must vote to pass the spending package by May 5 to avoid a government shutdown. The spending bill will fund the federal government through Sept. 30, when Congress must again vote on another budget or face a shutdown, according to CNBC.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already dismissed Trump's call for the end of the legislative filibuster.

"That will not happen," McConnell said during a press conference. "There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar."

Sources: CNBCThe Hill (2), The New York Times, Rep. Eric Swalwell/Twitter / Photo Credit: James Morehead/Wikimedia Commons

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