The entire tone of an interview that Sean Hannity of Fox News had with House Speaker Paul Ryan on September 30, seemed to be of disappointment against Republicans in the Senate. It so happened that the date of the interview was the day that the rules of reconciliation expired for the Senate to pass Health Care Reform, from which they had recently experienced defeat. The way Paul Ryan spoke about the Senate, was similar (though unrelated) to the way Lt. Governor of Texas, Dan Patrick, spoke of his state's lower chamber when they did not pass his planned agenda back in June.

House more unruly behind President Trump than Senate

But another view presented by the Business Insider's "McConnell should end Senate filibuster rules, Paul Ryan says", was that the House Speaker was "gently" nudging the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to get rid of the Senate's filibuster rules that would give Democrats the final advantage in the upper chamber. Currently, while Republicans have the majority, Democrats hold the power of the filibuster to restrict the votes.

What Paul Ryan seemed to be saying -- and President Trump has continued to demand -- is that McConnell should "go nuclear", and get rid of the filibuster.

When Republicans in the House of Representatives "passed" their American Health Care Act (AHCA) in May -- which Speaker Ryan referred to in the interview, they appeared to show their full cooperation with President Trump's agenda to pass a health care bill, even if it didn't make any legislative sense.

Understanding the Democratic leverage of a filibuster

This would be one of the earliest signs that House Republicans were more than willing and ready to push the limits of legislation in Trump style, as opposed to the Senate.

Specifically, the demands for the nuclear option is for a health care vote, as Republicans have failed to pass a bill to repeal. Thus far because Republicans adjusted voting on health care legislation under the rules of reconciliation, allowing them to vote by a simple majority, they would not need to go nuclear.

More thoroughly, because Republicans have 52 seats while Democrats and Independents hold 48, the 48 seats have been united in opposition to Republican efforts to repeal.

This means no success in passing a repeal bill with the traditional 60 votes. For that reason, Republicans enabled the rules of reconciliation for health care reform which allows a simple majority from their party but would not pass because at least four senators refused to vote for the bill.

Now that the rules of reconciliation have expired, it means that the Senate defaults back to requiring 60 votes. It is In this case, Democrats would be able to filibuster a vote for the bill, guaranteeing that there would be no vote. But McConnell has fought this, saying that doing so would not only establish disorder in the Senate, but would also give Democrats an advantage of they were to take back congressional power.

Here is Ryan's interview with Hannity.

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