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Senate votes down four Immigration Bill proposals…

It appaears that ALL parties are holding fast on their starting positions on the often hard task of dealing with Immigration issues….

Recent Federal judges rulings forbiding Trump’s DHS from stopping the DACA and Dreamers programs have probably taken the heat off efforts to come with a bill anytime soon….

But the issue is still gonna be around…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has with the votes, technically done his part of the deal he made with Democrats that he would bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote….

Democrats are holding fast on NOT caving on trying to get as much as they can from the Republicans who need 60 votes in the Senate for passage of a bill…

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Trump’s immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.

In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants and spent at least $25 billion to bolster security along the U.S.-Mexico border. It also would have made changes to family-based legal migration programs and ended a diversity lottery system used by immigrants from smaller countries.

The vote was 39-60, well short of the 60 needed to move ahead.

The Senate also couldn’t produce enough votes for a bipartisan plan that would legalize the same number of undocumented immigrants and appropriate $25 billion for southern border security construction projects over the next decade — not immediately, as Trump wants. The bill also would have curbed family-based immigration programs, but not to the extent Trump is seeking, and it said nothing about the diversity visa lottery program.

The vote was 54-45, short of the 60 necessary to move ahead.

The White House threatened a veto of that plan and in a tweet shortly before the vote, Trump called it a “total catastrophe.”

The failed votes could plunge the nation’s immigration system into further crisis, as millions of “dreamers” are set to lose legal protections when the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end on March 5. Federal court challenges continue, meaning the program may continue under legal limbo until June….



Three Republican senators floated a fallback plan Thursday to protect hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants facing deportation in exchange for $25 billion in border security.

Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (S.D.), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) floated a measure that would extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program indefinitely in exchange for $25 billion in border security funding.

It would require DACA recipients to reapply to the program every two years and cap expenditures….


Congress returns to work next Monday Jan. 8th….

As usual?

They won’t be getting everything they SHOULD be doing done…

There will two new Democratic Senator’s bringing the US Senate to 51/49 ….GOP/Dem….

There will be Donald Trump and the Republicans after they rammed thru a Tax cut/give away Law….

And Midterm elections are only 10 months away …..

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Democrats look like they will riding a wave back into the majority in the House….

The BIG heavy lifting for now will be the Budget bill, which needs Democratic support to pass and will effect everything oncluding the just passed tax bill….Failure to get it done sooner or later could shut down the government, something the ledaers of both parties don NOT want to do….

Looming early and large: The federal government runs out of money Jan. 19. Averting a shutdown will require Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to strike a deal with newly empowered Senate Democrats, who with the seating of Alabama’s Doug Jones will chop the GOP’s majority to 51 votes. The negotiations look exceedingly difficult, considering the range of charged issues  — including measures to stabilize health insurance markets; provide a long-term immigration fix to protect “dreamers;” addresspension shortfalls for miners, food service workers and others; supply emergency funding for last year’s spate of natural disasters; and lift budget caps on Pentagon and domestic spending. (Given all that, Compass Point’s Isaac Boltansky pegs the odds of a mid-January shutdown at 60 percent.)

Talks on the immigration piece resume this week, per The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein, who reports that bipartisan congressional leaders head to the White House tomorrow to meet with budget director Mick Mulvaney and legislative affairs chief Marc Short:

“Congressional Democrats express openness to finding additional funding for border security but have ruled out funding the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump promised during his presidential campaign… Democrats are under intense pressure from Hispanic lawmakers and liberal activists to reject any government funding deal that does not resolve the DACA issue. Already, Democratic senators have helped pass multiple funding deals that did not include DACA protections, including one in December.”

Meanwhile, another avoidable fiscal showdown looms: Lawmakers probably have only until mid-March to raise the debt ceiling. The Treasury exceeded its borrowing authority last month and has been employing “extraordinary measures,” borrowing from other accounts, to ensure the government doesn’t default on its obligations. Also on the must-do list: finding a lasting solution to funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers 9 million, after Congress approved a three-month patch in December; and a measure reauthorizing warrantless surveillance of foreign intelligence targets. 

But President Trump and the GOP are looking to stay on offense after closing the year with their improbably speedy rewrite of the tax code. That will mean different things to different Republicans, depending on where they sit. Trump appears anxious to tackle a pair of his populist campaign promises, with new pushes for infrastructure spending and a trade crackdown…..



Trump and Congressional Leaders to meet on NOT having a government shut down….

Can these people actually get their act straight?….

President Donald Trump and top congressional leaders will meet next week to try to hammer out a year-end agreement to avert a government shutdown, according to multiple sources, as Capitol Hill careens toward a legislative pile-up next month.

The so-called Big Four — Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer — haven’t even agreed on total government spending levels that would allow appropriators to write a massive funding bill for the rest of the fiscal year.

That means a short-term funding extension to keep the government operating beyond a Dec. 8 deadline is all but inevitable.

Congressional leaders would likely need to reach an agreement on the top-line figures by early next week for there to be any chance of finishing an omnibus spending bill in December.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to congressional sources and a White House official. White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters later said in a statement, “The President will be meeting with congressional leaders next week to discuss end-of-year legislative issues.”

In addition to having to move a must-pass bill to fund the government, Republicans hope to pass a sweeping rewrite of the tax code by Christmas.

Further complicating matters is the ongoing dispute over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era initiative that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation….


GOP Lawmakers dancing around Mueller throwdown…..

Anybody notice that today Republican lawmakers talked about tax cuts, the weather or anything ELSE except the Mueller actions?

“No Comment’…..

“No Comment’…..

‘No Comment’……

And so on…And so on…And so on…..

You guy gonna continue to  let him skate?


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Will the Republicans in Washington quietly move to rid themselves of someone who should NEVER have made it to the White House….

It WILL take balls to stand up and stand in there….

That little scene is being enacted in one form or another across Washington on Monday, after indictments of three former Trump campaign officials. Reporters are seeking comment from Republican officeholders. Republican officeholders are desperately eluding reporters, conforming to the maxim often attributed to Calvin Coolidge, “You don’t have to explain what you never said.”

Yet what is usually good advice can become, when it fails, spectacularly bad advice. Today is such a day…

Here’s your problem, senator: The Trump political and legal strategy is about to get very radical. After months of hesitation and distraction-mongering, this weekend The Wall Street Journal editorial page ran a columnadvocating the end-the-probe, pardon-everyone position. It also mobilized an array of high-toned op-ed contributors—acclaimed intellectuals, well-known lawyers—in support. Fox News will amplify the argument, your constituents will be mobilized to support it—and you will be trapped. You may think you are biding your time. In reality, you will find that you have preemptively surrendered to an internal takeover.

Look, we all get that you have donors breathing down your neck demanding a tax cut. They gave you money, now it’s your turn to return the favor. You don’t want to focus on presidential misdeeds until you have delivered on your top priority. But by the time you are ready to move, things will have moved against you…..


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Congress gets ready to link Hurricane aid to Keeping the Govt Running…

The leadership wants to keep the Government running above all….

Attempts by different factions to get other things is being resusted according to reports….

Republicans leaders are crafting a must-pass bill that will likely infuriate both conservatives and President Trump’s base.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are expected to move legislation that will keep the government funded until December and raise the nation’s debt limit high enough to last beyond the 2018 midterm elections without funding for the U.S.-Mexico border wall or significant spending reforms favored by conservatives.

GOP leaders in the Senate will sweeten the deal by adding billions of dollars for Hurricane Harvey relief, but that won’t mollify the right on and off Capitol Hill. Yet, this type of measure will attract bipartisan support and probably have enough backing to get to Trump’s desk later this month.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn(R-Texas) said Tuesday that the upper chamber will seek to attach legislation raising the debt limit to a Hurricane Harvey relief bill that the House is expected to approve on Wednesday. But that sets up a possible conflict with House GOP leaders.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has indicated the House bill providing relief to communities hit by Harvey would not include language raising the debt ceiling.

Senate leaders are assuming that Trump will sign the legislation into law instead of risk a government shutdown or a credit crisis that could imperil the government’s ability to pay its bills.

“These are the president’s immediate priorities: pass disaster relief, prevent a default, fund the government. They are my immediate priorities as well,” McConnell told colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday.

“We have to get all three of these things done, and we have to do it very quickly,” he added…..



With Hurricane Iram pressing down on the South and Eastern coast’s Federal disiater relief spending is gonna grow times ten or a hundred….And a Government shut down would be somethinbg unacceptable ….

Some Senate Democrats favor helping GOPer’s…Some don’t…

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Schumer is willing to help and get input into the Senate replacement Healthcare Bill…

The Sanders supporters want  Do NOT….They favor just being against the whole thing…

Democrats do NOT have input right now and their votes are NOT actually needed for Majority Leader to get passage…

But McConnell could end up turning the Schumer for help….

The divisions and infighting plaguing the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are contagious — the Democrats face a rift of their own on health care.

Once-unified Democrats are splintering into competing factions over how to best move forward, with progressive lawmakers and activists aligned with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., telling NBC News Wednesday they see the problems in the GOP as an opportunity to double down on their preferred health care reforms, like single-payer health insurance. They have shown little to no interest in negotiating with Republicans.

On the other hand, several Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., have said they have in mind a variety of modest changes to Obamacare that they’d love to sit down and discuss with Republicans. Schumer even invited President Donald Trump to a bipartisan meeting with all senators.

That difference in how to approach improving the health care system has created a stark split in messaging within the Democratic party — a divide the White House has rushed to exploit….


Govt Shutdown on the line …Trump backs away from the ‘Wall’…Open Thread for April 24, 2017…

Coming up being stuck between an rock and hard place?

Donald Trump appears to have blinked….

No ONE want’s his monstrasity of a wall build between Mexico and the American border states…

There is no apitite for it from Democrats or Republicans….

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There is no need for it with border aprehesions dropped by 60% since Trump started lowering the hammer on illegals at the border and around the country…

And there is NO money for this campiagn dream project either…

So it appears that Trump has signalled that he will withdrawn his demand that a ‘new beautiful 30 foot wall be constructed and settle for some drone’s and smart technology to add to the border effort ….Thus helping his adopted party solve one of the two major obstacles in the way of getting a budget….The other is the idea of Repealing Obamacare…THAT isn’t gonna happen the way he wants either…


The Mexicans where NEVER gonna  pay for the thinbg and smart lawmakers aren’t gonna have Americans anti up the money either….

(Of course Trump is still bullshitting outloud about the wall..But lawmakers aren’t paying much attention to his tweets )…

….Republicans were working to define Trump’s campaign promise down, arguing that any form of border security would fulfill it.

“There will never be a 2,200-mile wall built, period,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a supporter of immigration reform who challenged Trump in the 2016 primaries. “I think it’s become symbolic of better border security. It’s a code word for better border security. If you make it about actually building a 2,200-mile wall, that’s a bridge too far — but I’m mixing my metaphors.”

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a key appropriator and member of Senate leadership, said that “there could be a wall in some places and technology in other places,” implying that there would not be funding for the wall sketched out in campaign rhetoric. “I think you’re going to get a down payment on border security generally,” he said….

Among other guarantees, Democrats want assurances that insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act will continue to be funded. There have been discussions among Republicans that Democrats could agree to provide money for the construction of the wall in exchange for those health funds, but Democrats have refused.

Sunday morning, congressional Democrats submitted to Republicans a compromise spending plan, which included some new money for border security but only if it did not go toward a wall. Democrats also asked for assurances that the health insurance subsidies would continue to be funded, language that would shore up benefits for coal miners and a change that would expand Medicaid benefits to people in Puerto Rico, according to a senior Democratic congressional aide.

image of ….House Speaker Ryan, Trump and Senate Minority leader Schumer…nymag.com


Polling continues to point to Trump’s minority support status….

Public Policy Polling is out joining the others in showing a President coming up on 100 days in offoce that has Most America distrustful of a lot of his domestic and foreign policies….(They want him to play less Golf)

The April 2017 poll isn’t good news for other Republican lawmakers in leadership spots either…

PPP’s newest national poll finds that the Democratic enthusiasm that led to strong finishes in special elections in Georgia and Kansas over the last week is a national phenomenon.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what’s more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they’re ‘very excited’ about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are ‘somewhat excited’ (48-40) and ‘not that excited’ (46-31).

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he’s doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump’s campaign was to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but only 35% of voters actually think he’s accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn’t.

Foreign policy has taken on a larger role in the national discussion in recent weeks and Trump’s leadership on that front isn’t inspiring a ton of confidence. 39% of voters think he will get the United States into World War III during his Presidency, to just 40% of voters who don’t think he’s going to have that effect. Trump has continued to attack the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy lately, but by a 51/39 spread voters think Obama had a better handle on foreign policy than Trump. And by a 51/43 split, voters would rather still have Obama than Trump as President overall….


Internal Trump/Congressional GOP political lines being drawn…

For now there is a Honeymoon….

It won’t last….

Top leaders and their staffs have developed a relationship with Trump’s more establishment-minded aides: Priebus and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who will serve as a White House counselor. Ryan has a particularly strong bond with Pence, forged during their 12 years together in the House.

But other Trump aides are nurturing different channels of communication that could exacerbate GOP tensions. Hard-line House conservatives appear to have a direct line to Trump chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and senior political aide David Bossie — both of whom spent years in the conservative media railing against the GOP establishment.

Other Republicans — including a group of early Trump backers from New York and Pennsylvania — are closer to Trump family members, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is playing a central transition role and could join the White House officially.

Trump is in near-daily contact with Ryan and McConnell, mainly to solicit input on potential appointees, while high-level transition staffers hash out a legislative blueprint for 2017 with senior congressional aides — one that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, rewrite the federal tax code and rebuild domestic infrastructure.

But the pre-inauguration choreography can extend only so far. Big questions remain about Trump’s personal approach to Congress: Will he be a bipartisan schmoozer and dealmaker? Or will he sit back as Republicans power through a long-deferred wish list?….


The President will meet with The House and Senate Leaders this afternoon….

I don’t expect anything to come from the meeting since Texas US Senator Ted Cruz isn’t invited…..

Obama Calls Leaders to the White House

President Obama has invited Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to the White House later today to discuss reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling.

Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Obama will use the meeting — the first with congressional leaders since the shutdown began — to press leaders to reopen the government and reiterate his position that he won’t negotiate on the debt limit or under the threat of a continued shutdown.”

The meeting is expected at 5:30 pm…..

Kentucky Senate Poll finds McConnell in Good Shape….

Despite all the media noise…

Mitch MConnell is in fine shape a little more than a year out from election day 2014….

That’s against a primary and Democratic oponent….

Anything can happen , but right now he’s good….

From left: Mitch McConnell, Matt Bevin and Alison Lundergan Grimes are pictured. | AP Photos

A fresh Republican poll shows Mitch McConnell crushing his GOP primary challenger and comfortably leading his Democratic opponent in Kentucky.

The Wenzel Strategies survey, in the field Tuesday and Wednesday nights, puts the Senate minority leader ahead of Matt Bevin by almost 40 points, 59 percent to 20 percent, among Republican primary voters. The rest are undecided.

Bevin, a wealthy Louisville businessman who announced his candidacy on Wednesday, is largely undefined. He’s viewed positively by 15 percent and negatively by 21 percent; two-thirds of voters don’t have an opinion.

This makes Bevin vulnerable to the blistering attacks that McConnell has already unleashed to challenge his conservative bona fides.

McConnell leads Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes by 8 points, 48 percent to 40 percent, with 12 percent undecided. This is essentially unchanged from a survey they conducted a month ago.

Almost everyone has a view on the 28-year Senate veteran. He’s viewed favorably by 53 percent and unfavorably by 46 percent. Forty-one percent said they will definitely vote to reelect him, and 39 percent said they will definitely vote for someone else. Twenty percent said they will consider others besides McConnell.

One-quarter of voters still have no opinion of Grimes, whose father is a former chairman of the state Democratic Party. She’s seen positively by 35 percent and unfavorably by 41 percent. A month ago, she was seen unfavorably by only 25 percent.

“My sense is that Kentucky voters are not excited about what they see so far in her candidacy, but seem to be willing to give her at least one more look before passing an electoral judgment,” pollster Fritz Wenzel wrote in a memo accompanying the numbers, which were obtained exclusively by POLITICO.



Earmarks ARE coming back…

I told ya so!

Politico has a piece about how the politician’s on the GOP side are going to work a few….

And how the OTHER side isn’t opposed to the action….

More than a year ago when Congress passed themselves on the back for cutting earmarks …

THIS Dog pointed out that they would be back….

Earmarks bring tax dollars back to home districts and make House and Seante leaders jobs VERY much easier when it ‘s time but some compromise….

They’re about to come back….

I’m NOT surprised at all…

It’s the way things work…


A provision for a uranium-enrichment plant in Ohio keeps cropping up all over Capitol Hill: $150 million in the Senate’s highway bill, $150 million in a Senate energy bill, $100 million in that bill’s House counterpart. There’s even talk of putting it in a final House-Senate transportation bill.

Weren’t grants like this — earmarks by another name — supposed to be banished by Republicans in Congress? Yes. And for most lawmakers, they are.

But the earmark has the top two Republicans in Congress on its side: House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). And by Congress’ own rules, it’s not an earmark. Definitions aside, it is proof that when top politicians want to pay for a pet project, they can usually find a way.

Both men have a rooting interest: The company that would get the money, the United States Enrichment Corp., has a facility in Paducah in McConnell’s home state. Its new plant would be in Piketon, a little bit east of Boehner’s Ohio district. McConnell got the piece that he cared most about on Tuesday when the Energy Department extended operations at the Paducah site.

Even President Barack Obama has a stake in the outcome. In 2008, he promised then-Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland that he would support nuclear-energy programs like the one in Piketon. Now, he needs the state’s electoral votes again — and he wants the $150 million government subsidy, which could prevent layoffs in an election year.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76355.html#ixzz1uzqo5Dt0