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Will there be a Government Shutdown?

Republican Senate Leader Mitc McConnell doesn’t think so….

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer isn’t so sure….

Mitch needs some of Chuck’s people’s vote….

Donald Trump has been attacking Schumers people….

Hmmmmm?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday that there will not be a government shutdown over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, arguing “there is no crisis.”

“Look, there’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen,” McConnell told ABC’s “This Week.”

McConnell argued that since President Trump has given Congress until March to work on a fix to DACA, there is no emergency that would require a shutdown.

“I don’t think the Democrats would be very smart to say ‘we want to shut down the government over a non-emergency that we can address any time between now and March,’” McConnell said “That’s a very untenable position.”

“I can’t imagine that they want to shut down the government over an issue that’s not an emergency,” he added….

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House Republican leaders are pursuing a two-step strategy to avoiding a government shutdown, but might have difficulty rounding up votes in the caucus for that approach.

Leaders want to vote on stopgap funding in two steps — one continuing resolution keeping government agencies operating through Dec. 22, and then another probably running into January, Rep. Charlie Dent said Friday.

“We obviously have to pass a CR. It looks like they are going to do it in two steps,” said Dent, R-Pa., a senior House appropriator, as he went into a GOP conference meeting to discuss fiscal 2018 spending.

Current stopgap funding expires Dec. 8, and congressional leaders are no closer to agreement on funding levels for the 12 fiscal 2018 appropriations bills let alone the hard slog of actually drafting an omnibus package. With little time remaining before the winter holidays, reality is setting in that at least one more CR will be necessary to buy more time….

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“I don’t think this thing passes,” Walker [R-NC] said. “I think they’re probably going to have to push something into January. At the same time you have defense and military issues when you do that. This is probably going to be a main topic of conversation going into next week.”

Walker confirmed that one option discussed was a CR lasting through December 30.

“We just think that in the throws of tax reform over the next two weeks and then trying to spin out of that and get something done in a day or two there right before Christmas, we just don’t think that puts us in the healthiest place,” he said.

Another member, speaking anonymously to discuss the internal conference deliberations, said the December 30 option was discussed as a way to get more Republicans on board but with the caveat that GOP leaders would not cave to Democrats’ demands on whatever spending bill comes after that….

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McConnell woking hard to get something passable in a Senate tax bill…

Feeling an opening….

Various Senator’s are holding out for what they want ….

While McConnell might promise one senator something?

That same thing might lose McConnell another….

The horse trading is on!

The final compromise may NOT get the votes needed though…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has his work cut out for him to save the Senate tax bill, which stalled Thursday evening after three GOP rebels threatened to effectively kill it.

After weeks of careful negotiations, Senate Republicans are locked in a huge behind-the-scenes fight over what the tax bill should look like.

To pass the bill, McConnell and his leadership team will have to craft substantial revisions, and they have only about 24 hours to do it or otherwise postpone the effort altogether until next week.

To appease Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), McConnell would have to reduce the total size of the $1.4 trillion tax package by $350 billion to $450 billion.

But that approach isn’t sitting well with many Republican senators.

“It’s way too much to give to one person,” grumbled one GOP lawmaker, who asked for anonymity to give his frank opinion of the leadership’s promise to Corker.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the proposal wouldn’t fly in the lower chamber.

“Obviously we’re not in favor of that,” he said. “I don’t see that as good news.”…

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This dog still thinks the chances of any final tax bill getting done is less than 50%….

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Senate puts off tax bill vote…..

Things aren’t going as smoth as people would have you to believe…..

Senate Republicans are pushing work on their tax bill into Friday as they try to address concerns over the deficit.

“For the information of all senators, the Senate will continue to debate the bill tonight. [But] the next roll call votes will be at 11 a.m tomorrow morning,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Thursday night.

The decision to skip a late-night session on Thursday comes as deficit hawks, led by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), push for a guarantee that the Senate tax legislation won’t increase the deficit.

They had demanded the inclusion of a “trigger,” but were told by the Senate parliamentarian on Thursday that it didn’t comply with the Senate rules.

That resulted in a dramatic showdown on the Senate floor as leadership and lawmakers discussed an automatic tax increase as an alternative for the trigger.

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People to watch for reactions from the Mueller Grand Jury charges….

The Key Players – Legal And Political – Whose Reactions To The Indictment You Should Watch

Obviously we’ll be closely watching special counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump. But as this drama unfolds, Perry Bacon says we should also be paying close attention to the reactions of these other players:

  • Rob Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Mueller
  • Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan
  • North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr
  • The leading Republican men on Trump and Russia: Mike Conaway, Bob Goodlatte, Trey Gowdy, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes and Thomas Rooney
  • The anti-Trump wing of the GOP — both inside and outside the Senate
  • Pro-Mueller GOP senators
  • Other Republicans in Congress
  • Democrats

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I will add Donald J. Trump….

His lawyers are going to HAVE TO sit on their client to keep him quiet…Pardon’s at this time would probably be tricky as some lawyers have pointed out that if a pardon is given?…That person loses their 5th admendment rights to NOT answer questions about what they have done and could be counter filed….Manafort is also under investigation by the NY State Atty general’s office whose actions cannot be pardoned…

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The Senate has the votes to pass compromise Healthcare fix…The House?

The problem is getting a bill vote….

And getting past Conservatives in the House?

On Thursday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that every single Senate Democrat would back a bipartisan bill to restore the subsidy payments to health insurance companies defunded by President Trump. Combined with the 12 GOP senators who officially co-sponsored the bill, that gives the measure a filibuster-proof supermajority if and when it comes to the floor for a vote.

But with a powerful committee chairman and several other lawmakers in staunch opposition, hostility to the bill radiating from the House of Representatives, right-wing advocacy groups mobilizing against it, and a President who appears to hourly change his mind on the policy, there is no guarantee the bill will pass.

The list of Republican co-sponsors of the bill unveiled on Thursday includes half a dozen committee chairs, making it more difficult for Senate leaders to refuse to hold a vote. But Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who chairs the Finance Committee that would take up the bill if it goes through the committee process, is not one of them.

“I’m concerned we’re just perpetuating a bad process,” Hatch told TPM. “They want to do it for another two years. I’d rather face the problem now.”

Hatch is referring to the heart of the bill, which provides two years of funding for cost-sharing reduction subsidies to health insurance companies that go towards lowering the cost of care for low-income patients.

Bill co-author Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) told TPM Thursday that if the bill does go through a regular committee markup, an open question at this point, it would go through Hatch’s Finance Committee. Asked if Hatch would commit to holding a hearing and markup on the bill, a GOP aide called the question “premature.”

“He would have to talk to committee members about it to see how they want to move forward,” the aide said…..

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Forget the Democrats…Could the Republican majorities disappear because of the Right?

No Repeal of Obamacare….

No Tax Cut….

No Wall…..

Dreamers staying….

Conservative ‘true believers ‘ banned from the White House?

Sure Donald Trump HAS the support of most Republicans….

But even THAT is dropping….

But hardcore rightwingnuts got in bed with Donald Trump because they believed he would DO what THEY wanted….

Things haven’t turned out that way…..

Could the Republicans be on the way to running a batch of crazies like Roy Moore?…Could those same rightwingnuts be SO pissed at their parties inactions that they stay home…or put guys in place could turn out to be strident that even in Red state’s they lose?…..WOULD THIS SPLIT THE GRAND OLE PARTY creating a whole for Democrats to walk thru?

Could Donald Trump and the crazies be the best thing that Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer could have helping him get Mitch McConnell’s second job?

Republican leaders are facing a conservative backlash if their latest effort to repeal parts of ObamaCare this week fails — or even if it passes.

GOP base voters are frustrated with the lack of accomplishments, and their frustration is on full display in the Alabama Republican primary runoff, where former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a substantial lead in the polls over incumbent Sen. Luther Strange.

Conservative activists say the latest GOP health-care bill sponsored by Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) falls short of the promise to repeal ObamaCare “root and branch,” but it’s better than nothing.

If that fails this week, as expected, Republican primary voters will have even less confidence in the GOP establishment — a rift that could spell trouble for incumbents in next year’s primaries.

“The backlash for the members of Congress more than the president could be significant if they truly can’t get their ducks in a row and get repeal accomplished,” said Chip Roy, former chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas), warning of danger for Republicans up for reelection next year.

“They would be in a much stronger position if they had done what they said what they were going to do and should have done, which was repeal it at a date certain and then have a series of discussions and debate about how to reform health care,” he said.

“We’re now staring at a much messier 2018 if Republicans continue to fail to get the job done,” he said.

Republican strategists and conservative activists predict that combined with Moore’s projected victory over Strange, an ObamaCare defeat will embolden conservative challengers to take on Senate and House GOP incumbents…..

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Donald Trump just screwed his adopted party….

I never gave Donald J. Trump much of a thought as a REAL Republican….

He’s been a Democrat a few times, a Reform party guy also…..

Now he’s Republican….

Well not really…

Donald Trump ran AGAINST the Republican party he adopted…

It shows…

He has got little from the party in terms of major legislation…

He has been beating on them and that has NOT worked…

So Trump being who he is ?

With NO REAL party love except HIMSELF?

Has made two deals with the Democrats today….

It REALLY hasn’t started today…

It’s be bleeding for a while…

The Muslim Banned people have been given a go to reapply to get into the country…

The Transgender Ban was half assed ….Leaving Defense Sec Mattis to do whatever he wanted , knowing he wasn’t for it at all…

Trump stated out promising he’d take care of the ‘Dreamers’…..only to go along with the idea from John Kelly and AG Sessions to drop the whole thing back in Congresses lap….

But THAT didn’t sit well with him…..

So he announced a few hours later he told everyone he’d make things right if Congress didn’t after 6 months….

Tonight?

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Grand Ole Party leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and whole LOT of other Republicans  are pissed and stuck with a guy there NEVER wanted and has been hitting them over the head steadily…..

President Trump waged a hostile takeover of the Republican Party’s presidential nomination last year. Now he’s holding the entire party hostage.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Trump inexplicably cut a deal on a short-term debt-ceiling increase with Democratic leaders, despite House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and GOP leaders having denounced the idea. Then he took off for an event in North Dakota, where he effectively stuck their nose in it: “We walked out of there — Mitch [McConnell] and Paul and everybody, Kevin [McCarthy] — and we walked out and everybody was happy,” Trump insisted. Then, to top it all off, he invited Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) — a top GOP target in 2018 — on stage and praised her as a “good woman.”

This is all hugely counterproductive for the Republican Party and has to have GOP leaders privately fuming. And it comes on the heels of Trump directly attacking Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and tangling with the two most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection in 2018, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.).

It’s no secret that Trump has never really had the interests of the Republican Party at heart. His party affiliation has always been subject to change, and he has never played ball with the GOP powers that be. He has instead forced them to bend to his will in the name of keeping the peace and not inflaming his passionate base of support. Those GOP leaders have also wagered that, whatever headaches came with embracing Trump, they would at least have a Republican president to enact conservative policies.

But it’s beginning to get ridiculous for GOP leaders. That bargain they struck with Trump was always a tenuous and uneasy one, and he’s now openly violating it…..

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Do NOT forget that Donald Trump is STILL towing the line with some of the Republican talking points….

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Democrats in Congress get a deal with Trump for Harvey month and No Shutdown…

Did the head of the Republican party just cut a deal to bypass his own  parties rightwingnuts and make House Speaker Ryana and Senate Majority Leader McConnell happy?

People gotta stop fighting this dog’s call that Donald Trump has NO IDEOLOGY…..Schumer and Pelosi made the announcement folks….

THERE WILL BE NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN….

(Most of us knew thgere wouldn’t be…Now the media can stop trying to front it….)

Democratic leaders say President Donald Trump has agreed to a plan to fund the government and increase the nation’s debt limit for three months as part of a deal to rush disaster aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday after meeting with Trump at the White House.

The deal promises to speed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill, which passed the House Wednesday, to Trump’s desk before disaster accounts run out later this week.

The move buys almost three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government’s borrowing authority….

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Did Donald Trump just switch parties?

…twitter….

+ on “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen and so do I. I think they’re going to make a deal.”

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Most Republicans want Trump to stop fighting and listen to his party lawmakers…Poll…

Maybe those Republican’s out there that EVERYONE thinks LIKES their party leader slugging it out with lawmakers aren’t so dumb after all?…..

This Pew poll has warning signs all over it….

It joins other polling in pointing to even Trump supporters getting tired of his combative and chaotic term in office so far although new Chief of Staff John Kelly is trying to calm things down…But Trump still speakers for himself on twitter and at ‘campaign like pep rallies’….

These polls cast  cold cool water on the argument that Republicans lawmakers should blindly follow Trump’s wishes , eh?

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(Are these guys  happy these days carrying their parties leader?)

The fall is coming and if Trump wants anything?

He’s gonna need his adopted parties lawmakers help….

President Donald Trump seems to be relishing his public fights with establishment Republicans, but most of the party’s voters want him to listen more to Republicans who have experience in government.

A survey from Pew Research released Tuesday found that 58 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning Americans think Trump should be listening more to the more experienced members of his party, while just 34 percent say he should listen less.

That finding contrasts with Trump’s public attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators like Jeff Flake of Arizona.

The poll, conducted from Aug. 15-21, also found that Republicans have mixed feelings about how the president has conducted himself in office. About one-third, 34 percent, say they like his behavior (compared with just 16 percent of Americans overall), but a plurality, 46 percent, say they have mixed feelings on Trump’s conduct in office.

Nineteen percent of Republicans said they dislike how he’s acted. Meanwhile, 58 percent of respondents overall said they dislike Trump’s conduct in office, and an overwhelming 89 percent of Democrats said the same.

A second survey, conducted Aug. 8-21, pegged Trump’s job approval rating at 36 percent, with 63 percent of respondents disapproving. That’s a drop-off from prior months — the president’s approval rating was at 39 percent during an April 4-18 poll, and at 44 percent during a Feb. 28-March 12 poll…..

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Trump supporters want him to keep beating on GOP lawmakers…

Those supporters feel that Donald Trump should continue a ‘scorched earth’  policy aimed at those who he needs to get anything done in Congress….It really hasn’t been effective recently and going into the fall Trump will need even more from those he is attacking daily as they deal with legislation to keep the country running….

Steve Bannon and now Roger Stone will continue their efforts to ‘shake things up’, which plays to Trump’s penchant to swing at anything that gets in his way of not getting what he wants…

The guy seems unable to adjust to the to the fact that he is President and needs to work with his fellow adopted party leaders to get things done…

He always gave on that he liked Putin and Saddam types of guys, eh?

Republicans on Capitol Hill lament President Trump’s aggressive behavior toward them, but some people in the president’s orbit are urging him to up the ante even further.

They say that, far from making nice, Trump needs to instill fear so that lawmakers do not feel at liberty to thwart him.

“Most members of Congress are arrogant, and until a scalp is actually taken they are going to continue to be defiant,” longtime Trump friend Roger Stone told The Hill. “All he needs to do is punish one incumbent and I think you’d see a sea-change.”

Advice like Stone’s feeds the president’s instincts to hit back hard against those whom he believes have wronged him: a list that at present appears to include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as well as GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Bob Corker (Tenn.).

Trump’s biggest defeat to date, on his attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act, came at the hands of McCain and Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska.), who joined Democrats to sink a Senate bill.

Other Trump loyalists join Stone in arguing that the president should neither forgive nor forget.

“He is 100 percent correct to go after McCain, Flake, Murkowksi,” said Sam Nunberg, who worked as an aide to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Nunberg also expressed the hope that Trump would be able to engineer the defeat of Collins in a GOP primary if she sought to become Maine’s governor.

But Nunberg drew a distinction between those senators who have been critical of Trump and the GOP leadership on Capitol Hill.

“I do think it is counterproductive for him to have a strained relationship with Leader McConnell,” Nunberg said, citing both the danger to Trump’s legislative agenda and the widespread support McConnell enjoys among his colleagues.

Steve Bannon, recently ousted as Trump’s chief strategist, does not appear to be in a compromising mood, however. He promised to keep up his own attacks on McConnell in an interview published by The Economist on Friday…..

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While he checks the media everyday?

In order to protect him from the crazies?

John Kelly is further isolating  the man….

And Trump’s support numbers continue to inch DOWNWARD as he continues to try leverage those supporters possible votes  against Republicans across the country who are NOT happy with him and must decide what to do…..

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Is Donald Trump ditching his adopted Grand ole Party?

The National Standard runs the idea out on the political  flag pole….

(I do NOT think this is anything but a good headline to get hits….Trump CANNOT operate on his OWN…But he DOES like to punch at people who don’t do what he wants…Like Mitch McConnell????)

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Remember….Donald Trump  campaigned AGAINST the Republican Establishment…He isn’t gonna stop beating on them even if he needs them to get ANY legislative results….

President Donald Trump is inching closer to abandoning the Republican party, even as the GOP is in the middle of an effort to remake itself in Trump’s image.

The latest sign is the president’s tiff with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. As my colleague Andrew Egger noted, on Monday McConnell said, during a speech in Kentucky, that Trump had “excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.” Those expectations, the Republican leader continued, made things more difficult for enacting the GOP’s legislative agenda, primarily repealing Obamacare.

“Part of the reason I think people feel we’re underperforming is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the complexity of legislating,” McConnell said.

I asked someone familiar with McConnell’s thinking how to interpret the senator’s relatively blunt assessment of Trump and the White House’s mistakes on Obamacare repeal. What this is likely about, I’m told, is setting the stage for tax reform—on the Senate’s terms, processes, and guidelines, not the White House’s. After all, McConnell has a narrow majority to deal with. President Trump both failed to mount any kind of public campaign on behalf of Obamacare repeal and actively antagonized the on-the-margin senators McConnell needed to get on board. McConnell’s message to his president, knocked on his heels after a major legislative defeat, is “This time, we’ll do it my way.”

But Trump couldn’t care less about McConnell’s stand. That was apparent when White House social media director Dan Scavino tweeted from his private account Wednesday morning that McConnell was giving “more excuses” and that he “must have needed another 4 years—in addition to the 7 years—to repeal and replace Obamacare. . . .” Trump himself echoed Scavino with a Wednesday afternoon tweet.“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?”

Trump has been building the case against his fellow Republicans for some time, but it came to a head late last month as Obamacare repeal began its path in the Senate…..

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Trump goes after McConnell…..

Anyone surprised at this?

Shouldn’t be….

Don’t matter if John Kelly is his chief of staff, or the guy is paying tons of lawyers to defend his rear….

Donald Trump goes AFTER (in tweets) those who do NOT do what HE WANTS….

That work’s for those who he employs like Jeff Sessions or the general’s….

But it’s been ineffective with some in Congress…..

McConnell has recently complained about his parties adopted leader and his lack of political knowledge….(Healthcare fiasco)

Trump is now firing back at the guy he NEEDS in the Senate….

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Republicans’ plans to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed in the Senate last month.

Some members of the GOP have since pushed for Republicans to keep up the healthcare push, while others have argued lawmakers should move onto other agenda items.

McConnell earlier this week vented his frustrations about the president’s “excessive expectations” for his agenda.

The Kentucky Republican criticized Trump’s “artificial deadlines” during the healthcare debate.

“Now our new president has of course not been in this line of work before. And I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell said.

On Wednesday, Trump pushed back against McConnell’s characterizations.

“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” Trump asked in a tweet….

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Trump’s dissing the Senate isn’t gonna bring the Healthcare Repeal back….

Donald Trump doesn’t get it…

Trying to shame people worked in the campaign last year…

It isn’t gonna work with the Congress…..

Not after his wreck of a Presidency….

His attempts to change things has fallen flat….

The man has no political skills…

And there is a movement in the Senate and yes in the House to start talking to Democrats…And THAT will mean Congress is asserting ITSELF at Trump’s expense…Trump seems to have gotten TOO heavy to carry…

Trump targeted GOP leadership by name in his tweetstorm, saying “Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) regularly declines to weigh in on Trump’s tweets, except to say he wishes the president would tweet less.

But he’s shot down previous calls from Trump to end the legislative filibuster.

“That will not happen,” he told reporters after a similar request in May.

Asked if that was still McConnell’s position, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican said that if Senate Republicans change their mind on the rules, they’d make an announcement.

Changing the rules might not make it easier to pass healthcare — which only needed a simple majority — but it would allow Republicans to leapfrog Democrats on other legislative issues like immigration, funding the government and raising the debt ceiling.

But many Republicans have shown little interest in getting rid of the 60-vote threshold. Many Republican senators fear ending the filibuster would have disastrous repercussions.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is up for reelection in 2018 and has been a target of Trump’s ire, predicted Senate Republicans are unlikely to change the rules.

“I don’t want to lurch back and forth every couple of years from one extreme to the other,” he told CBS News on Monday. “Those rules are there for a reason. They’re good. … They invite us to work across the aisle.” ….

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Here’s ANOTHER reason Mitch McConnel should bust his ass for Trump….

After dropping ALL the Senate rules and protocols to try to get a bill neither sides of his Senate partners wanted?

He gets a ‘thanks ‘from his parties leader for his efforts?

Nope…

…twitter….

Responding to Senate Republicans’ healthcare collapse this week, President Trump said Saturday that Republicans “look like fools” and the Democrats are “laughing” at them if they don’t change the legislative process.

He urged Senate Republicans to abolish the legislative filibuster in a series of early-morning tweets,  claiming “200 bills” sit in the Senate waiting for action.

Trump specifically called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), pushing the GOP leader to end the filibuster and move toward passing all legislation with a 51-vote majority.

“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!” Trump tweeted. “The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R’s in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT’S TIME!”

“Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don’t go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time,” he continued. “8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate’s Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!” ….

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McConnel has been a Senator for how long?

Trump has had how much success so far trying to be a President?

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Maybe the Republicans will finally stop trying to carry Trump on their backs?

Maybe they will reach across the aisle to Democrats instead of carrying the water for a Real Estate guy from New York who has no political skills and never could make good deals…And never should have been elected President…And operates in a Alternate Universe of his OWN…

Oh, and the guy who campaigned AGAINST the people IN HIS OWN adopted party who run the Congress…

Again and again over the past year, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have had to decide what kind of behavior they are willing to tolerate from Donald Trump. Again and again, McConnell and Ryan have bowed down to Trump.

They have mumbled occasional words of protest, sometimes even harsh ones, like Ryan’s use of “racist” last year. Then they have gone back to supporting Trump.

The capitulation of McConnell and Ryan has created an impression — especially among many liberals — that congressional Republicans stand behind the president. McConnell and Ryan, after all, are the leaders of Congress, and they continue to push for the legislation Trump wants and to permit his kleptocratic governing.

But don’t be fooled: Republican support for the president has started to crack.

Below the leadership level, Republicans are defying Trump more often, and McConnell and Ryan aren’t always standing in their way. You can see this defiance in the bipartisan Senate investigation of the Russia scandal. You can see it in the deal on Russian sanctions. And you can see it in the Senate’s failure, so far at least, to pass a health care bill.

It’s true that we still don’t know how these stories will end. If the Senate passes a damaging health care bill or lets Trump halt the Russia investigation, I will revisit my assessment. For now, though, I think many political observers are missing the ways that parts of Trump’s own party have subtly begun to revolt.

Just listen to Trump himself. “It’s very sad that Republicans,” he wrote in a weekend Twitter rant, “do very little to protect their President.” In a historical sense, he is right. Members of Congress usually support a new president of their own party much more strongly than Republicans are now…..

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In the end?…John McCain asserted the power and rights of the US Senate…

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Republican Mitch McConnell tried to undo a Massive Healthcare program that came into being 7 years ago…

It has provided improved healthcare coverage for tens of millions of American’s….

While the Republicans went negative on the program to drive wedge against Democrats and President Obama?…The program has steadily gain approval across America for its greater good in having the Government increase it’s help in providing its citizens with healthcare…

In trying to Repeal the benefit?

The Republican’s have ignored the news that the program is wanted by more than 50% of Americans in order to do something that past Republicans have admitted was just a political move….

Last night 3 US Senator’s  ( McCain,  Collins and Murkowski) braved their parties wrath to vote ‘no’ against a bad political move and the leadership of their party’s effort to throw  away their OWN procedures and protocols to try ram thru a law no one really knew in depth and was ill conceived …

A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept his colleagues and the press corps in suspense over a little more than two hours late Thursday into early Friday.

Not since September 2008, when the House of Representatives rejected the Troubled Asset Relief Program — causing the Dow Jones industrial average to plunge nearly 800 points in a single afternoon — had such an unexpected vote caused such a striking twist.

The bold move by the nation’s most famous senator stunned his colleagues and possibly put the Senate on the verge of protracted bipartisan talks that McCain is unlikely to witness as he begins treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict party-line basis without a single Republican vote,” he said in a statement explaining his vote. “We should not make the mistakes of the past.”….

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Donald Trump tried…But ole McCain probably remembered the shit throw at him last year?

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i’m told at one point Pres. Trump spoke to McCain when McCain was huddling w/ Pence before the vote. Last minute effort didn’t work.

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