WASHINGTON — Senators are famous for not caring what their counterparts in the House think of their chamber. They often ignore legislation the House passes. They make their own deals on must-pass bills with little regard for the other chamber. And senators pay hardly any attention to the opinions of representatives when it comes to Senate rules.
But it was of some note Wednesday when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) delivered prepared remarks proposing the elimination of the filibuster on spending bills, a move that would largely kill the 60-vote requirement and would likely be popular with House conservatives and President Donald Trump.
What’s also of some note? According to one lawmaker familiar with House Speaker Paul Ryan’s private comments on the filibuster, the Wisconsin Republican is also no fan of it.
“I can’t wait to get rid of this damn filibuster,” Ryan told a small group of lawmakers recently, according to this Republican, who reported that he was not in attendance but had heard the quote from reliable members who were there.
Asked whether the speaker supports eliminating the filibuster on spending bills, Ryan’s office pointed HuffPost to some of the speaker’s comments on Wednesday during an Associated Press interview. Ryan was neither asked if he supported the filibuster nor did he say where he stood, but he did say he knew the 60-vote threshold could be frustrating for House members.
Of course, Ryan or McCarthy’s opinion on Senate rules may not matter all that much in the Senate. There doesn’t appear to be 50 votes to change the filibuster rules in that chamber — a fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has told Trump repeatedly. But a continued public relations campaign — from Republican House leaders, the White House and the public — could eventually put the Senate in a bind.
House members are increasingly bashing the Senate’s filibuster rules. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has been on…