(There is No) Trump Agenda in Congress

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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:16 am

Foreign Policy - Max Boot
Republicans Have Stockholm Syndrome and It’s Getting Worse

The GOP has stopped resisting President Trump and started accelerating his race to the bottom. ...

The leaders of Congress seem to be suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, which by now should really be renamed Republican Syndrome. There, on Monday, was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell singing kumbaya with Trump in the White House Rose Garden only hours after the president disavowed any blame for “not getting the job done” legislatively. “I’m not gong to blame myself, I’ll be honest,” Trump said. (When has he ever blamed himself for anything?) “They’re not getting the job done.” In case there is any doubt about who “they” is, Trump has been explicit in calling out McConnell as a weak leader, tweeting in August, “The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!” McConnell nevertheless pledged fealty to his abuser. “Contrary to what some of you may have reported,” he dutifully intoned, “we are together totally on this agenda to move America forward.”

The excuse for this craven behavior is that all qualms about Trump — the least presidential president in the whole history of this republic, or any other — must be subordinated to the Republican policy agenda. You know, the agenda that Trump is not actually passing.

This GOP attitude was taken to its logical if laughable extreme when Sen. Rob Portman, another supposed Republican adult, was asked about the victory in Alabama’s Senate special election primary of far-right rabble-rouser Roy Moore, who makes Trump seem wonkish by comparison. Portman’s only response? “He’s going to be for tax reform, I think.” Never mind about the Constitution, which Moore and Trump both seek to shred in their own ways — Moore is opposed to the separation of church and state, Trump to the freedom of the press. (He thinks that “it is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write.”) As long as they’re for tax cuts, we’re all good!


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Trump proves to be unpredictable partner for GOP Congress

President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic trading partner as he kicks thorny policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.

His rapid backpedal on a short-term health care fix this week is the latest example to leave Republicans and Democrats alike scratching their heads.

"The president has had six positions on our bill," an exasperated Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Wednesday after Trump offered multiple reads on a bipartisan plan to keep health insurance markets in business, ultimately ending with a thumbs-down.

Nine months into office, Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care to immigration to foreign policy. Sometimes he creates situations that demand a congressional solution. In other cases, he sets difficult-to-achieve broad policy goals and expects lawmakers to fill in the fine print.

Along the way, he's proven to be an unpredictable force. He encouraged Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to work with Murray on a bipartisan solution on insurer payments, only to announce after some wavering that he wouldn't support it.

The results speak for themselves: Despite controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House, Republicans have achieved no major legislative successes this year. Their efforts on health care have ended in failure, leaving tax overhaul legislation as their only hope for a major win. But despite a self-imposed year-end deadline, they've made only modest progress on that issue.


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Post by RVInit » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:36 am

Well, of course. It's a well known fact that Trump's position on anything on any given day depends entirely on who was the last person he talked to about that issue. He was all poised to support the bipartisan bill to pay insurance companies until he met with one of those crazy right wing "non-partisan" think tanks.


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Post by p0rtia » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:50 am

Way to go out on a limb with that headline, AP.

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Addie wrote:
Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:26 am
Associated Press
Trump proves to be unpredictable partner for GOP Congress
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Nine months into office, Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care to immigration to foreign policy. Sometimes he creates situations that demand a congressional solution. In other cases, he sets difficult-to-achieve broad policy goals and expects lawmakers to fill in the fine print.
:snippity: .
The main reason cause he runs the government like a commercial business. In his business everyone was picked to follow his intentions and whims and would new what to look for. In politics We The People have picked some guys that represent some interests but not what this potus necessary believes in. No wonder that not everyone pulls on the same string and the WH gets to look clownish. In politics one does deals within Congress and the WH, as non-interested non-politician Teh Donald has never mastered that sort of Art Of The Deal to get the larger objectives done.



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Trump proves to be unpredictable partner for GOP Congress
:snippity:
Nine months into office, Trump has shown a preference for delegating to lawmakers on everything from health care to immigration to foreign policy. Sometimes he creates situations that demand a congressional solution. In other cases, he sets difficult-to-achieve broad policy goals and expects lawmakers to fill in the fine print.
:snippity: .
I know this isn't the way things have been done, but shouldn't this be a good thing?

Wasn't the whole idea that the legislative branch legislates, and the executive branch implements? PotUS has become a 'leader', and we lament that Trump is a lousy one, but it reopens the question of if PotUS really should be seen as the US's 'leader' in the first place.

The unilateral power of the president has been growing for so long that people take it as a given that it is a good or natural thing.



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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:18 am

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Trump, 'King of Debt,' makes GOP fret ...

As GOP lawmakers are struggling to enact an agenda of spending and tax reform, they continue to face the painful reminder that Trump has no ideological drive to tame the deficit. The President has made clear that he doesn't mind if deep tax cuts result in a ballooning of the national debt. He is not pre-occupied with offsetting new spending; and he is entirely comfortable with a clean raising of the debt ceiling.

Trump's statements have also raised questions about his understanding of the national debt. In a recent interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump suggested that gains in the stock market have led to a reduction in the national debt. "We picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market," he said. "So you can say in one sense, we are really increasing values and may be in a sense, we are reducing debt."

And the coming days are about to present the most extended test of Trump's fiscal instincts. With the passage of the budget resolution Thursday night, Republicans will now squarely turn their attention to tax reform. ...

And now, as he desperately looks to score a legislative victory before the end of the year, Trump is pledging "the largest tax cut in the history of our country" -- again, without batting an eye at the reality that such steep cuts would grow the national debt.

Trump's seeming lack of interest in trying to keep the deficit in check has exasperated -- and alarmed -- some conservatives.


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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:07 pm

Addie wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:18 am
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Trump, 'King of Debt,' makes GOP fret ...
:snippity:
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Trump Promised to Eliminate National Debt in Eight Years. Good Luck With That
His administration plans to balance the budget with what he says will be huge gains in economic growth.
By Peter Coy March 9, 2017, 11:00 AM GMT+1

Last April, lunching amid construction debris at his new hotel five blocks from the White House, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told the Washington Post he would get rid of the national debt “over a period of eight years.” It may have been the boldest promise he’s ever made, considering the U.S. hasn’t been debt-free since 1835. The debt at the time was more than $19 trillion, and rising. Trump predicted he could turn back the tide even though he thought the country was headed for a “very massive recession.”

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Post by Sam the Centipede » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:53 pm

Has anybody explained to the Orange Shitgibbon that the US can't follow his standard tactic of stiffing its creditors and declaring bankruptcy?



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Post by RTH10260 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:38 pm

Sam the Centipede wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:53 pm
Has anybody explained to the Orange Shitgibbon that the US can't follow his standard tactic of stiffing its creditors and declaring bankruptcy?
Chinese President Xi Jinping will explain that to him during his next stay at Mar-A-Lago.
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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:22 am

The Hill
In Congress, fears grow about lack of strategy on multiple battlefields

A series of events in the Middle East and Africa has stirred new questions about President Trump’s counterterrorism strategy as the U.S. focus in Iraq and Syria shifts to stabilization, and the battle against the Islamic State moves elsewhere.

Taken together, the events call into question what long-term goals the United States has as it fights militants around the globe — and some critics of the administration are finding its rationale lacking.

“We have no strategy,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said this week.

McCain was referring to Iraq, but he has leveled the criticism at Trump’s approach around the world — just as he did with the Obama administration.


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Post by neeneko » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:34 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:38 pm
Chinese President Xi Jinping will explain that to him during his next stay at Mar-A-Lago.
The bulk of the US debt is held by US investors, which given how many wallstreet executives are in his circle at this point, I am sure they are scrambling to explain to him what this would mean for them.



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:41 am

neeneko wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:34 am
RTH10260 wrote:
Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:38 pm
Chinese President Xi Jinping will explain that to him during his next stay at Mar-A-Lago.
The bulk of the US debt is held by US investors, which given how many wallstreet executives are in his circle at this point, I am sure they are scrambling to explain to him what this would mean for them.
What makes you think he would care? It's the ONLY business strategy he has.


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Post by neeneko » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:45 am

Notorial Dissent wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:41 am
What makes you think he would care? It's the ONLY business strategy he has.
He seems to desperately want the approval of people wealthier than he is.



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Post by RTH10260 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:19 pm

neeneko wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:45 am
Notorial Dissent wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:41 am
What makes you think he would care? It's the ONLY business strategy he has.
He seems to desperately want the approval of people wealthier than he is.
I bet he thinks they will surround the pariah him clapping their hands in the WH should the time come to sign the new tax bill into law :brickwallsmall:



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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:21 pm

Salon
Republicans are losing faith in Trump’s negotiating ability

Key GOP senators no longer trust the author of the “Art of the Deal” to make anything happen on Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump approaches the tax cut debate will little capital.

The former real estate mogul has failed to oversee the passage of any significant legislation in his first 10 months in office, and he has laid most of the blame on Republicans in the Senate for failing to get the job done.

That hasn't played well with some in the GOP establishment.

The Washington Post reported Monday that Trump is not seen as trustworthy or attentive enough to negotiate a bill that Republicans can sell to the American people. This became most apparent after Trump mangled the bi-partisan compromise on the ACA last week. ...

Corker said that some members of Congress needed “the patience of Job” to negotiate with Trump, alluding to the biblical prophet who had his faith tested by curses. ...

“I’ve met with the president’s people four or five times now, and they’ve told me, no, this really is going to be a middle-class tax cut,” Democrat Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, a state heavily carried by Trump during the last election, told The Post. Ten days later, however, Heitkamp complained that the tax plan was still hidden.

“I still don’t know what it is,” she said.


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Post by Sam the Centipede » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:41 pm

Addie wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:21 pm
Salon

Key GOP senators no longer trust the author of the “Art of the Deal” to make anything happen on Capitol Hill
:fingerwag: Tsk tsk Salon: Trump was not the author of The Art Of The Deal. He is a semi-literate moron who couldn't write a long prose piece. He probably hasn't read all of "his" book.



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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:24 am

New York Mag
Legislative Mastermind Donald Trump Now Feuding With Entire Senate Margin for Error

The Republican Party is trying to pass a big tax cut on an expedited basis, even though the full plan does not yet exist, and every time Republicans have come up with a specific policy to offset the $5 trillion revenue hole they need to fill, it gets shot down. (The most recent being a proposal to cap 401(k) contributions, which President Trump vowed yesterday to keep in place.)

In the midst of this highly ambitious agenda, which even the most skilled and focused administration would be hard-pressed to carry out on time, Trump is … raising beefs with two Republican senators whose votes he badly needs. John McCain and Bob Corker are both the kinds of wavering Republicans that the party ought to be able to corral. They have made noises about fiscal responsibility in the past, but both are also generally reliable votes in party-line scenarios, with McCain’s defection on health care being an obvious exception.

After McCain gave a speech denouncing “half-baked, spurious nationalism,” a conservative talk-show host goaded the president to respond yesterday. Trump naturally obliged. “Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back,” he said. “I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won’t be pretty.” So the strategy is to turn this into a test of manhood with a war hero who’s dying of cancer and clearly seeking a glorious end to his political career? Good plan! ...

Republicans have 52 votes in the Senate. Minus McCain and Corker, they have zero margin for error. They would need every other vote, including Susan Collins’s. Trump may believe that his social-media bullying campaign is an effective way to prod recalcitrant members of his party into line. It has certainly worked many times before — his crude insults of people like Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio resulted in their eventually submitting. But Trump may not be distinguishing between young pols on the make and retiring senators who have nothing to lose.


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Post by Dan1100 » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:15 pm

Jeff Flake is ripping Trump from the Senate Floor on CBS News Now.

Quoting Teddy Roosevelt at length to justify his criticism.


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Post by June bug » Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:27 pm

Per this thread from Orlylicious viewtopic.php?f=30&t=10199, Flake also announced he's not running again.



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CNBC
Trump takes on controversy-laden agenda on Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump's year-end agenda is at a critical juncture as he heads Tuesday to Capitol Hill to rally Senate Republicans on taxes — and then pivot to negotiations with Democrats pressing for victories of their own in a separate, high-stakes showdown over the budget and immigration.

Trump is still seeking his first marquee win in Congress, but the White House and top GOP leaders have work to do to get their tax bill in shape before a hoped-for vote later this week. Party deficit hawks pressed for a "backstop" mechanism to limit the risk of a spiral in the deficit, even as defenders of small business pressed for more generous treatment for Main Street.

On a separate track from taxes is a multi-layered negotiation over a huge Pentagon budget increase sought by Trump and Republicans and increases for domestic programs demanded by Democrats. Democrats carry leverage into the talks, which have GOP conservatives on edge.

A temporary spending bill expires Dec. 8 and another is needed to prevent a government shutdown. Hurricane aid weighs in the balance and Democrats are pressing for legislative protections for immigrants known as "Dreamers," even as conservative Republicans object to including the issue in the crush of year-end business.


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Trump, GOP congressional leaders to plot agenda in January

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Eager for more legislative achievements before Washington’s focus shifts to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump plans to start the new year by meeting with Republican congressional leaders to plot the 2018 legislative agenda, the White House said.

After returning to Washington from Florida, where he is spending the holidays, Trump will host House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky at the rustic Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland during the weekend of Jan. 6-7.

Spokesmen for Ryan and McConnell have confirmed they will attend.

The powwow will follow the recent enactment of legislation to cut taxes, beginning next year, for corporations and individuals at an estimated cost of $1.5 trillion added to the national debt over 10 years.


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Post by Fortinbras » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:18 pm

Trump's biggest problem about planning an agenda with Republican leaders this January is that those Republican leaders would very much like to still be Republican leaders in the January following. Trump seems to have flight plans for them that include the word 'kamikaze'. Many of these Republicans, even if they do nothing outrageous in the next ten months, will have to face voter rallies where they will be villified for even attempting to repeal ACA with nothing to replace it. And that's the tip of the iceberg.

The Democrats' big concern for the next eleven months is: Do nothing stupid.

And the Republicans seem to have learn the lesson for the next eleven months: Do nothing, stupid.



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Post by Whatever4 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 7:14 pm

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up
”We have signed more legislation than anybody," Trump said.

He hasn't. In sheer numbers of bills signed into law during a president's first year in office (Jan. 20-Dec. 31), Trump is behind his six most recent predecessors.

According to tallies by GovTrack, Trump also trails Nixon, Kennedy and Eisenhower.

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NPR analyzed all 96 laws signed by Trump this year, categorizing them. More than three dozen modify or extend existing law; 16 repeal rules and regulations using a process known as the Congressional Review Act; a dozen commemorate or honor people and organizations such as by renaming federal buildings; and seven provide temporary government funding or one-time disaster relief funds.
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CNBC
Congress shrugs off plans of the chaotic Trump White House

President Donald Trump's aides have grown accustomed to ignoring their mercurial boss as they deem necessary. Now Congress is poised to do the same.

The issue is new spending plans produced by Trump's chaotic, thinly staffed, internally conflicted administration. Even in a Congress controlled by fellow Republicans, the plans will receive minimal consideration.

That's because the president's budget conflicts with his own promises, with the wishes of Congress and with legislation he has signed into law. Instead of waiting, lawmakers in both parties began making their own infrastructure plans before the White House belatedly released a proposal this week.

"Let's be generous and say the president's budget is no more irrelevant than any other president's budget," said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a senior member of the House budget and appropriations committees.

That's too generous. While lawmakers never pass presidential budgets as written, they typically use White House requests as a starting point.

Under Trump, lawmakers struggle to understand what the White House really wants.


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