January 21, 2018 / 2:50 PM / 7 months ago

Senate Republicans oppose rule change to try to end shutdown: spokesman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans oppose changing the chamber’s rules so that legislation to fund the government and end the current shutdown could pass with a simple majority, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.

The figures of Grief and History stand on top of the Peace Statue near the U.S. Capitol after President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress failed to reach a deal on funding for federal agencies in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The spokesman was responding to a question about President Donald Trump’s comment on Twitter that if the shutdown stalemate continued, Republicans should fund the government by changing Senate rules that currently require a super-majority for appropriations bills to pass. Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate.

“The Republican Conference opposes changing the rules on legislation,” the spokesman for McConnell said in an email.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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