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The Senate Tax cut bill and Budget would save Obamacare and the Dreamers?…

Republicans…..Rush…Rush….Hurry!

If you haven’t caught this in this way this story is running in the Senate ?….Stop and look….

The House tax cut bill is a straight out screw the poor and middle class period….

The Senate bill has little to do with the House bill….

Why?

Because there are reports that in their haste to get SOMETHING, excuse me…..ANYTHING passed in the next 30 days or so?

They are making promises to EACH senator they need….

HTF is this gonna work when the final vote from BOTH houses of congress needs to be made?….

The budget bill is probably gonna be connected to the tax bill…Democrats HAVE to be in on THAT vote….

Collins: Health-care fix will pass before tax bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said early Thursday that she expects legislation to lower health-care premiums to pass Congress before senators take a final vote on a $1.5 trillion tax reform bill that would repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate….

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McConnell promises Collins tax bill won’t lead to Medicare cut

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is promising the GOP tax bill, which is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, will not result in cuts to Medicare next year.

McConnell offered the vow to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key swing vote, during a Wednesday meeting in his office….

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Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of “dreamers” isn’t resolved, the Washington Postreports.

“Durbin has repeatedly said in recent months that Congress needs to resolve the status of dreamers by the end of the year, but he is now the highest-ranking Democratic senator to raise the specter of a government shutdown sparked by an impasse over immigration… Durbin’s position is shared by at least four members of his caucus — Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).”

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Right Now.?….This dog thinks there is a LESS than 50% chance there will be a new tax cut law come next year….

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Senator Collins wants more folks….

A Senate Republican holdout on the GOP tax overhaul says she still has problems with the legislation.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says, “I have a lot of concerns that I’m trying to fix.” She spoke to reporters Thursday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

She says it would be “very problematic for me” and hard for her to vote for the bill if it still includes elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes….

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Is Donald Trump secretly working to get Democrats elected next year?

Sure does seem like it on face value since he got elected…..

I often repeat here something the media leaves out when talking about Trump these days and his adopted party in Congress….

DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED AGAINST HIS PARTIES LAWMAKERS….

Folks?

He has changed that one bit…..

The guy does NOT like it when things don’t go his way, and his idea of deal making seems to be ?….Hit’m over the head until they give in….

But with Midterm elections coming in a little more than a year and Trump throwing so much at his Grand Ole party people that has the Republican Senate Majority leader not speaking to him ( he attacked McConnell AGAIN last night )  and other Senator’s , who the party needs to vote FOR him….

Could Trump be ‘helping  Democrat’s in next year’s elections ?…..

President Donald Trump put the Republican Party on notice on Tuesday evening — implicitly attacking two Republican senators on their home turf, threatening a government shutdown over his border wall, and demanding that senators kill the filibuster because it’s impeding his agenda.

In an often-angry speech here that stretched on for well over an hour, the president returned to many of the same targets he went after on the campaign trail. He spent more than a half-hour lambasting the media, which he accused of misrepresenting his comments after the Charlottesville violence. Yet he also turned his weaponry on fellow Republicans, going after Arizona’s two GOP senators who’ve been a thorn in his side.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said. “We’re going to have our wall. The American people voted for immigration control. We’re going to get that wall.”

While Trump’s nationalist supporters cheered Trump’s conviction — the wall has been advocated by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon — it faces objections from the more establishment wing of the GOP. Mainstream Republicans worry about the political fallout from a shutdown heading into the 2018 midterms, especially given the dearth of other legislative accomplishments under an all-GOP government so far.

At another point, the president demanded again that the Senate ditch the legislative filibuster, complaining that the 60-vote threshold is impeding his agenda. (The Obamacare repeal legislation needed only 50 votes, though Trump noted there are other provisions that need 60 votes that he would like to enact.)

Intentional or not, the renewed call was a barb at McConnell, who has repeatedly said the Senate GOP has no appetite for scrapping the filibuster.

“For our friends in the Senate, oh boy. The Senate, we have to get rid of what’s called the filibuster rule,” Trump said. “If we don’t the Republicans will never get anything passed. Eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation.”

Trump’s supporters, many of whom interrupted his speech with cries of “Drain the Swamp,” ate it all up. As the president lashed Flake, they yelled “flush Flake.” When he bashed McCain, they booed. When he suggested a pardon is on the way for former Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was recently convicted of criminal contempt, they yelled “pardon!”….

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Republicans find themselves in a pickle….Cancel part of their Summer off…

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They will need more time to get stuff done….

Republicans LEAD in the three centers of power in running America from the nations capital……

The hold the Presidency…..

The are the majority party in the nation’s Congress….

They hold the majority in the nation’s highest court…..

So?

They have having a shitload of problems and issues…..

A President that is ill prepared to BE President, and it turns out a family that does understand what it means to actually be with him….

A Republican party that has found that being the majority with a President who isn’t interested in their actions, doesn’t under them and doesn’t really care isn’t gonna help them with members who are now have scant cover from their parties adopted leader that actually  campaigned AGAINST what they DO……

And finally a highest court that seems to be getting ready to give this President’s off the wall stuff their majority backing….

The guys who put this place together where smart….

They made sure to make their legislative body and check on ITSELF by elections every two years for the lower House and longer terms for the upper Body ….

Checks and Balances, eh?

People…..

Oh, and maybe President Obama wasn’t so dumb in putting together a healthcare law, eh?

Republicans are failing at governance. And they know it.

Their senatorially painful decision announced on Tuesday to sacrifice some of lawmakers’ usually sacrosanct August recess was a public confession that they have not gotten the job done even while controlling the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.

In deciding to forgo at least the first two weeks of their regular summer getaway, Senator Mitch McConnell and his colleagues essentially admitted that they could not afford to go home to face constituents without making a concerted effort to pass contentious health care legislation and put some other points on the board.

“It is time to get results for the American people,” said a group of 10 Republican senators who had pressed Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, to force the Senate to stick around.

Legislative results have been in short supply for unified Republican government as first the House and now the Senate have gotten badly bogged down in trying to overhaul the Obama administration’s health care law — a top priority of Republicans since 2010. The stalemate has been ugly, preventing Republicans from moving ahead on long overdue budget, spending and tax priorities and leaving Mr. McConnell and Senate Republicans frustrated and doubting their abilities…..

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GOP Senate Leader to try to get something done on Healthcare…

It’s NOT gonna be easy….

And has a good chance to NOT work at all.

Senate leaders, facing their restive colleagues after the Fourth of July recess, vowed on Tuesday to press ahead with their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, with a new version of their bill on Thursday and a vote next week — regardless of the deep divisions in the party.

The weeklong recess only seemed to generate more doubts about the Senate bill, but Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, signaled that he was not ready to give up on his party’s seven-year-old promise to gut President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. Accusing Democrats of obstructionism, he announced he would delay the Senate’s scheduled August recess by two weeks so that senators could keep working.

But pessimism among Republicans still pervaded the Capitol on Tuesday after a week in their home states that did little to resolve the disputes that thwarted a vote last month.

Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said Tuesday that he was “very pessimistic” about passing a bill, while Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said it was “very possible, very probable” that the Senate bill was dead.

Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, said, “Minor changes and tweaks will not be sufficient to win my support for the bill.”….

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Changes are coming, but none that are likely to radically alter the estimate by the Congressional Budget Office that 22 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026 under the Senate health care bill than under the Affordable Care Act. A new estimate is expected from the budget office early next week.

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McConnell brings Republican hypocrisy to a new low, and that’s saying something…Daily Kos…

by Ian Reifowitz @ Daily Kos…..

U.S. Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) listens during remarks about leadership elections on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Jim Young

They really have no shame.

In case anyone out there didn’t already know it, Thursday’s comments by incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) make clear that Republican hypocrisy knows no bounds. President Obama’s decision to, you know, actually exercise the powers granted to his office by the Constitution on issues like climate change, immigration, and net neutrality, rather than either resign or pledge to do nothing other than what the GOP-controlled Congress tells him to do has left McConnell feeling “very disturbed.” The honorable gentleman from Kentucky added:

“I had maybe naively hoped the president would look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us,” McConnell said. “I still hope he does at some point, but the early signs are not good.”

“[Presidents Reagan and Clinton after midterm losses] understood that the American people had elected divided government,” McConnell said. “We’d like for the president to recognize the reality that he has the government that he has, not the one that he wishes he had, and work with us.”

So, elected officials should respect the will of the people, huh? Can someone please remind me what top Congressional Republicans swore to do in a secret meeting at a fancy joint in D.C. on the very night in January of 2009 Barack Obama was inaugurated as our 44th president?

“We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign.”

In 2008 the American people elected, to paraphrase McConnell’s remarks from yesterday, “united government.” They elected Democrats to huge majorities in the House and the Senate, and gave Barack Obama an electoral college landslide. Furthermore, just over 57 percent of eligible voters actually turned out to vote, the highest level in four decades.

Did Republicans in the House and Senate “recognize the reality of the government” they had in 2009, Senator McConnell? Or did they all, to a person, reject every compromise offered on healthcare reform and vote against it? And did they all, with only three exceptions (one of whom became a Democrat shortly thereafter), reject every compromise offered on the stimulus and vote against it? More broadly, did you, yourself, tell your fellow Republican senators even before the inauguration that they, in the words of one of them, “can’t let [Obama] succeed in anything.”

But now Republicans have done an about face. After midterm elections that saw the lowest voter turnout since 1942 at barely 36 percent, and with a Senate map fought almost completely in the relatively small number of states that voted for Mitt Romney, the GOP thinks that’s the mandate that matters. Now, according to McConnell, is the time to listen to the American people. After 2008? Not so much.

We’re going to need a new word to characterize this level of hypocrisy, folks. I’m open to your suggestions.

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