UPDATED 6:20 AM PT — Tues. May 15, 2018
Frustrated with what he calls “Democrat obstruction efforts,” President Trump says he’s prepared to take action in order to push his agenda through Congress.
The president is set hold a lunch with Senate Republicans Tuesday, where he’s expected to push them to change Senate rule to speed-up his nominees.
It has taken an average of 84-days to confirm the president’s nominees, which is far longer than the four presidents before him.
Senate Republicans are looking to implement the nuclear option, where Senate rules would be changed with a simple majority vote.
Democrats oppose the measure despite Senator Harry Reid using the same tactic in 2013 for judicial and executive nominees.
“The rules proposal that the minority leader is opposing is the exact same rules proposal that he actually voted for in 2013 when he was on the Rules Committee and voted for again when it came to the floor of the Senate, this is not some radical proposal,” said Senator James Lankford — (R) Ohio.
Republicans currently control 51-seats in the Senate. With John McCain out with health problems, they would not be able to afford a single defection if the nuclear option was triggered.