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         McConnell says ending legislative filibuster ‘will not happen’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed President Donald Trump’s suggestion to eliminate the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation, saying bluntly “that will not happen.”

“There is an overwhelmingly majority on a bipartisan basis not interested in changing the way the Senate operates,” McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told reporters Tuesday.

“It would fundamentally change the way the Senate has worked for a very long time. We’re not going to do that,” McConnell said.

In response to a $1.1 trillion budget agreement negotiated between Republicans and Democrats that left many of Trump’s top priorities unfunded, Trump suggested the Senate might need to eliminate the 60-vote requirement on legislation to get his agenda through Congress.

An expanded version of this story is available at WSJ.com.

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