Conservatives agree with President Trump that legislation to fund the operations of the Federal government should be exempt from the Senate filibuster, according to a poll by FedUp PAC.
In the wake of the three-day government shutdown, almost 84% say that funding bills should be passed by a simple majority rather than the 60 votes require to break a filibuster. The January 20-22 shutdown occurred even though a majority of the Senate supported keeping the government open.
Democrats hoped that by refusing to fund the government, they could force President Trump and conservatives to grant amnesty to many illegal aliens, but the GOP held firm and the Democrats quickly changed course. However, they are threatening another shutdown next weekend unless an amnesty deal is reached.
Democrats forced a 2013 change in the filibuster, exempting confirmation votes on many presidential appointees, and Republicans pushed through an extension of that to cover Supreme Court nominees last year. Appropriations bills fall into the same category as presidential appointments, since in both cases the exemption is intended keep the government functioning properly.
FedUp PAC is a grass roots organization that wants constitutional conservatives to take over the GOP because Americans are fed up with the Republican establishment. It is not affiliated with any candidate or committee.