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It has to be no fun being House Speaker Paul Ryan….

Somewhere John Boehner is smiling….

The former GOP House Speaker has to be laughing at the plight of his predecessor Paul Ryan….

Sandwiched between a President and party leader that ran against him and place he works at,  and doesn’t have an ideology , or least the same as the party he adopted and REALLY doesn’t understand ….

Paul Ryan is watching members of his party jump ship and announce they aren’t coming back after next year….

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The Republicans have a comfortable majority in the US House of Representatives and was thought of having little to worry about in next years Midterm elections….

But NOT anymore …..

With little in legislation to show, and internal fighting within the House and Senate?

What’s a guy to do?

Please …I do NOT feel sorry for Ryan or McConnell or Trump……

These guys juiced up their supporters by making promises they can’t keep these days….They deserve EVERY lump they get….

The GOP staffer who recently departed said House members have grown discouraged because the Senate often fails to even take up legislation they send over. But more often, he said, the gripe is over Trump disrupting any legislative momentum with controversial comments that overtake the news.

Republicans then have to respond to the president’s remarks. And while many of them personally abhor Trump’s bombast, they feel they can’t criticize him because their constituents still adore the president.

Republicans also live in constant fear that Trump will sell them out in a spur-of-the-moment deal with Democrats, as he did on the debt ceiling last month, or an off-the-cuff comment. Moderates took a tough vote for an Obamacare replacement bill only to hear the president call their proposal “mean” — a gift to liberal groups looking to pick off swing districts.

More traditional Republicans also worry that Trump will upend their carefully laid plans. The president keeps insisting, for instance, that he wants a bipartisan tax bill when GOP leaders have been writing a partisan one. He also ended Obamacare subsidy payments to insurance companies, injecting uncertainty into health care markets. And he cut off work permits for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors.

Republicans hope that tax reform will succeed and blunt the GOP departures. If it falls through, though, they’ll be ready for more Republicans to follow Tiberi out the door…..



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Bannon wants to RAISE Taxes for the Rich…Red State…

Republican Conservatives are about to get whipsawed AGAIN….

Well, it’s certainly not going to affect me, but it’s still not a very conservative stance to punish success.

At some point, Republicans are going to get tired of unelected people setting policy in this White House, won’t they?

A new report from The Intercept says White House chief Svengali strategist Steve Bannon is behind the drive to saddle the “very wealthy” with a 44 percent to marginal tax rate.

Currently, that tax rate sits at 39.6, and the plan has been to lower it, as part of a tax reform bill.

Axios previously reported that Bannon was looking to raise the top marginal rate to “something with a four in front of it,” but the 44 percent bracket for those making $5 million and above is a more fleshed out proposal. Bannon has described himself as an “economic nationalist” and has pushed a populist agenda both through his previous outlet Breitbart News and and as an adviser to Trump. That contrasts with what Bannon calls the “globalist” wing of the party, made up by people like economic adviser Gary Cohn (though both Cohn and Bannon come from Goldman Sachs).

When the broad outline of the tax hike was reported earlier, Breitbart covered it favorably. The hike on the very rich would face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, but find favor with Democrats….



House Speaker Ryan is moving ahead to Tax Reform…

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Congress and Donald Trump….Open Thread for July 3, 2017

Democrats are so messed up these days that Barack Obama is  now quietly try to put the party together ….

They are STILL fighting last years Presidential nomination….

The Republicans seem to have fallen  for their adopted leader……


There ARE signs that Congress is slowly attempting to go its own way …..

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The Senate OVERWHELMINGLY passed a bill continuing sanctions against Russia…

Trump is trying to get the House to water the bill down….

The problems in the Senate and Healthcare is an indication that some Senators are not going along with McConnell AND Trump…

The quiet push to have Trump backdown against Mueller also adds to the quiet push backs AGAINST Trump…

While he has support?

Things ARE slowly eroding….

Which IS normal

And will apply to Trump like other President’s…

partisanship is not a static phenomenon—its forms and patterns change over time. When presidents’ standing in the public sphere is low, they often have trouble getting cooperation even from members of their own party. Think of George W. Bush’s inability to reform Social Security or to get Harriet Miers confirmed to the Supreme Court, or even the trouble that Obama had moving certain nominees (Dawn Johnsen, Goodwin Liu and Debo Adegbile, for example) through Democratic Senates.

If Trump remains unpopular—and especially if his unpopularity drags down the reelection prospects of other Republicans, as this year’s special elections thus far suggest he might—then conditions will be especially ripe for Republican pushback. And, at the extreme, if Trump’s presidency at some point really does look like it’s going down in flames, Republicans might sense the chance to develop a bipartisan reputation for heroism by vigorously opposing him…..



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John Boehner doesn’t miss being Speaker of the House…

Boehner got out when the getting was good because they wanted him gone…

He’s Happy they sent him packing…

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His a lobbyist for a tobacco company now ….Probably making a WHOLE lot MORE money and having a lot less stress than Paul Ryan the guy who has his old job….

Former House Speaker John Boehner engaged in some schadenfreude Wednesday at the setbacks experienced by the Trump administration.

Boehner resigned the speakership in 2015 and promptly joined the board of Reynolds American Inc., the tobacco company, and lobbying giant Squire Patton Boggs as a strategic adviser.

In an interview at the KPMG Global Energy Conference reported by industry publication Rigzone, Boehner expressed a familiar relief at trading government for corporate work.

“I wake up every day, drink my morning coffee and say hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah,” he said.

“Everything else he’s done [in office] has been a complete disaster,” Boehner said, referring to President Donald Trump. “He’s still learning how to be president.”



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House Speaker Ryan admits he has even more changes for Trump/Ryancare Bill to get votes…

He KNOWS he’s in trouble …..

He’s fighting the CBO call that the plan will CUT healthcare insurance for tens of millions of Americans making the plan hard for a LOT of Republicans in the House and Senate to vote for and run for re-election next year….

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he’s seeking changes to the Republican health care bill to provide more assistance to 50-and-60-year-olds.

“We believe we should have even more assistance — and that’s one of the things we’re looking at — for that person in their 50s and 60s because they experience higher health care costs,” the Wisconsin Republican told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”

Ryan’s comments came in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office analysis showing older people could pay higher premiums under the GOP bill. Ryan expressed skepticism about the CBO analysis, but said his leadership team is still looking at more ways to help older people under the new plan.

“The CBO looked at a little piece of the issue, when we know the secretary of HHS will help bring market freedom and regulatory relief to the insurance markets to dramatically lower the price of the plan for the 50-and-60 year olds,” Ryan said. “But even with that, we think, we should be offering more assistance than what the bill currently does.”….


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Speaker Ryan tries to advance Trump’s Border Tax…The Senate GOPer’s won’t bite…

Donald Trump keep on about a border tax to hang on American companies that move jobs to Mexico ….

He was gonna whipsaw America companies into bringing jobs back to America with the tax penality ….‘America First’....


Donald Trump himself and even Steve Bannon CANNOT impose a tax….

Congress does that….

And while Speaker of the House Paul Ryan wants the tax money from such an law?

Senate REPUBLICANS (Nor will a good many in the House) will NOT vote for it….

And without the tax revenue?

Ryan is NOT gonna be able change much in the tax system…

And the jobs are STILL going to Mexico and other countries….

Paul Ryan showed up to Senate Republicans’ weekly lunch on Tuesday hoping to salvage a controversial pillar of his tax reform plan that would change how imports and exports are taxed. “Keep your powder dry,” the House speaker pleaded.

The next day, Sen. Tom Cotton took to the Senate floor to slam Ryan’s so-called border adjustment tax, saying “some ideas are so stupid only an intellectual could believe them.”

“Many other senators share these concerns and we most certainly will not ‘keep our powder dry,’” Cotton went on, without naming the speaker in his speech.

The sequence was an ominous sign for a linchpin of Ryan’s tax plan — and perhaps for the prospects of tax reform happening at all. The border adjustment tax would generate more than a trillion dollars over a decade; there’s no obvious way to replace that money, which is needed to help pay for a steep cut in corporate and income taxes.

In meetings with administration officials and Senate leaders, Ryan has framed his proposal as a compromise between a tariff, which the president wants, and conservative orthodoxy against border taxes…

Many Republican senators say privately they detest the concept, fretting that it will hurt their in-state retailers like Walmart, which is headquartered in Cotton’s state of Arkansas. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), sources said, has warned Trump and Ryan that border adjustment won’t likely have the support needed to clear the Senate.

Hatch, in an interview after Ryan’s presentation, said the speaker “didn’t cover [the border adjustment proposal] as specifically as I would have liked.” And Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the fifth-ranking GOP senator, said the Finance Committee will likely go a “different way.”

Others were more unequivocal.

“It’s beyond a complication. It’s a bad economic proposition,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).

That’s not to mention Ryan’s issue in his own chamber. A handful of Ways and Means Republicans — including some with close ties to Trump — are fretting that retailers slapped with an import tax will ultimately pass the cost onto consumers. One member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), asked his chairman Wednesday to hold hearings on the proposal….



As pointed out here…

The ‘honeymoon’ that Trump has had for the last few weeks with Congress will evaporate when Congressmen have to get down covering their own rears back home…

It’s coming….

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Clinton and Trump WILL get National Security Briefings…

While GOPer’s suggested that Hillary Clinton should not get her’s due to the email case?

THAT won’t happen……

The nation’s intelligence director on Monday batted down House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) effort to prevent Hillary Clinton from receiving intelligence briefings once she receives the Democratic nomination.

In a letter obtained by CNN, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the speaker that all “officially nominated, eligible” candidates receive those briefings.

“Nominees for president and vice president receive these briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings,” Clapper wrote, as quote by CNN. “Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.”

Ryan requested last week that Clinton not receive intelligence briefings due to her use of a private email server while secretary of state, noting that FBI Director James Comey qualified her handling of classified information as “careless.”

While all presidential candidates have traditionally received those briefings following the nominating conventions, which begin next week, House Republicans have tried to leverage Clinton’s email use against her….


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There will be NO Gun vote in the US House till the Fall…Maybe…

Remember the Democratic sit-down for a vote?

Remember how Democrats where gonna defy the NRA?

Remember Republicans DO NOT….

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his GOP leadership team on Monday decided to punt on any gun-related legislation until after the long summer recess.

The latest shootings across the country led Republican leaders to believe that debating and voting on contentious gun control bills now would only inflame an already violent situation.

The decision means the House, which has been wrestling with gun control legislation for weeks, will not consider bills to prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining guns until at least after its seven-week recess, which is set to begin at the end of this week.

“Given the events … we need to take a step back and show some real calmness and some real leadership and reflect on what’s happening in this country, and pursue the gun issue at a further date,” Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), the freshman class representative to GOP leadership, told The Hill after a meeting in Ryan’s office…..


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Democrats keep the pressure up in the House…Update….

In the era of Donald Trump and showmanship with social media…..
The Dempcrats use the stage to confront Republicans on doing SOMETHING against gun violence …
This sit-In is unprecedented in the US House….
While the Republicans have tried to cut the pictures from the chamber…Democrats HAVE found a way get the images out….They have found a way to use social media to bring their story out…And directly confront the Republicans and the National Rifle Association
This IS bare knuckle politics….
Democrats ARE taking this back to the 1960’s Civil Rights protests….
Donald Trump has started this…..
Democrats are taking it 100 steps forward…..
 By Hunter   @ Dailky Kos

 House Democrats and their Senate allies are continuing their sit-in to demand action be taken on America’s gun violence epidemic. There’s word that Republicans will attempt to take back the floor tonight to vote on a veto override of the administration’s new fiduciary rules, but Democrats are vowing to keep the floor afterwards.

If Paul Ryan does order the House gaveled back into session, good news: That will mean the C-SPAN cameras will get switched back on, giving America a better view of the sit-in. Right now members are relying (quite effectively) on Periscope videos by individual participating members. That footage, in turn, is being used by C-SPAN to report on events from the floor.

Some highlights from the last hour: Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought Dunkin’ Donuts. Jim Clyburn, Elijah Cummings and others have given rousing speeches calling for action; later tonight members plan to read aloud from Martin Luther King Jr’s Letters from a Birmingham Jail.

Stay tuned to see what happens. There’s been no attempt to end the sit-in so far—but if there is one, it’ll be broadcast on C-SPAN. Won’t that be nice.

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 · 9:39:59 PM EDT · Kerry Eleveld

GOP leadership reportedly aiming for a 10PM ET vote:



The American Civil Liberties Union has been against the use of the No-Fly list also….


The Protest is over ….Dem’s said for Now?…..The House will reconvene  July 5…Dem’s are unsure what will happen then…

Democrats are still searching on how to deal with the politics of this…

Republicans are using the rules of the House as the majority party….But the Senate Republicans HAD a vote….Ryan went hard against a vote….

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The Ryan / Trump First Meeting done…’Unity’?….

Ryan is doing an after action-presser….

He has reinforced the point previously made  that Donald Trump MUST EXPLAIN in MORE detail WHAT he believes in ….

Ryan deals with  details something Trump will HAVE to come to do…

Ryan has said it was a good meeting…

In his presser House GOP Speaker Paul Ryan tries to change the media narrative of clashing heads…

Ryan doubles down on the policy needs from Trump…..

Ryan pointed to the fact that Trump has brought out MORE voters for the Republican Party….Trump is the nominee…..

Ryan has also pointed to the fact that he WILL have diferences with Trump…He wanted to concentrate on the things that BOTH ME AGREE ON…..

Ryan also turned to unifing postion of going after Hillary Clinton…

Paul Ryan has still NOT said that he will ENDORSE Trump….

But in the end?

Ryan outshined Trump ….

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan struck a conciliatory tone after meeting in Washington Thursday, seeking to put behind them a public spat that erupted after Ryan said last week that he is not ready to endorse the business mogul in his bid for the White House.

“While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground,” Trump and Ryan said in a joint statement. “We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”

Despite the positive tone of the statement, it did not say that Ryan now supports Trump as the party’s nominee.

Ryan’s refusal to endorse Trump elevated the stakes of their meeting this morning at Republican National Committee headquarters on Capitol Hill and generated enormous media interest.

Trump’s face-to-face with Ryan was the first of several high-profile sit downs with Republican leaders that come as the campaign seeks to unite the party — and its resources — ahead of a competitive general election.

The summit between Ryan and Trump was cast as an opportunity to soothe tensions between Trump and the GOP establishment at a pivotal moment for a party sharply divided over the likely nominee’s unorthodox and controversial campaign….



The fact remains that Trump does NOT have his adopted party unified …..

And there is gonna n be MORE to come…

Ryan isn’t in a hurry, neither is a LOT of other pol’s who might have to carry Donald Trump and his traveling show…


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