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    U.S. President Donald Trump presents the U.S. Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief trophy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. | Photo: Reuters

A government closure was last forced by Republicans in 2013 for 17 days.

"Our country needs a good 'shutdown' in September to fix mess!" tweeted U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday, where he also urged Republicans to consider changing the rules of the Senate in order to make it easier to pass spending and bills without any Democratic support.

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But Democrats and Republicans both were quick to denounce the move to overturn the rules that require a super-majority of 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. This comes just as both parties were closing in on a final measure to fund government agencies through September.

"Here we saw Democrats and Republicans working together in the best traditions of the Senate, and the president disparages it in a way that’s destructive," Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a Republican, told reporters: "I just don’t agree."

"The reason for the plan negotiated between the Republicans and Democrats is that we need 60 votes in the Senate which are not there! We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%," Trump wrote in another tweet on Twitter.

A government closure was last forced by Republicans in 2013 for 17 days. Alluding to that closure, Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy called Trump's proposal "a sour and shameful note to kick off negotiations" for next year's budget plan, considering the shutdown four years ago led to billions of dollars of losses.


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