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GOP House Majority Leader McCarthy Frustrated With Senate

GOP House Majority Leader McCarthy Frustrated With Senate
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By    |   Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:23 AM

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy this week demanded that Senators who reject President Donald Trump's agenda resign from Congress.

The California Republican, who proudly points to the House record of passing more than 280 measures this year, repeated a common complaint that the Senate is the place where good bills go to die. 

In a speech to Republicans in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Monday, McCarthy noted that House Republicans fulfilled their campaign promise and voted to repeal Obamacare. But too many senators broke their pledges and saved the health-insurance act, he added.

"But if you're not strong enough to say you're going to repeal Obamacare and then vote that way, you don't deserve to stay in the office," McCarthy said to wide applause at the Allen County Republican Party's annual Reagan Bean Dinner.

"We have 286 bills sitting in the Senate. We have to break that logjam," he added.

The major problem in the Senate is the filibuster, usually used by members of the Senate minority to block legislation. Senate rules allow members to declare a filibuster without actually having to dominate the Senate with traditional long-winded speeches. The rule requires 60 votes to stop the filibuster. The House has no such rule and requires a simple majority to approve a bill.

McCarthy has endorsed Trump's call for an end to the filibuster.

"The Senate should waive the 60 rule and pass it with a simple majority and take it to the president's desk," he said.

However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky supports the filibuster because it protects the rights of the minority party.

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