(There is No) Trump Agenda in Congress

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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:36 pm

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Rare Warning to Trump From Hill GOP Leader

Firing Sessions could poison president’s agenda in Senate, Cornyn says

The Senate majority’s No. 2 leader has given President Trump one of the strongest pushbacks from any Republican in Congress this year: Firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions could bring to a halt GOP cooperation with the administration’s legislative agenda.

“Well, it’s the president prerogative, but he is then going to jeopardize, potentially, his ability to get anything else done here,” Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters Wednesday. “And I don't think that should be his desire or preference.”

Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general and justice on the state Supreme Court, said he continues to view Sessions as “doing just a fine job” running he Justice Department and someone who “did the right thing” — for that sake of his own credibility and that of the department — by recusing himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

Sessions did so after conceding he’s had contacts with Russia during the 2016 campaign, when he was a senator from Alabama and one of Trump’s most prominent surrogates and political counselors.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:55 am

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The Memo: GOP in shock over White House drama

Republicans are in shock this weekend as the chaos around the Trump White House reaches a new intensity.

Recent days have brought a deluge of drama.

Embattled chief of staff Reince Priebus was ousted, in news that broke late Friday afternoon. Priebus said in television interviews that he submitted his resignation the previous day.

"How this level of dysfunction helps the White House move its agenda, I have no idea," said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak. "This is a circus right now." ...

The White House has no big legislative wins in its first six months. Trump now faces challenges in passing legislation on tax reform and infrastructure spending, even as his political capital has been much diminished.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, GOP strategist Rick Tyler declared Trump’s presidency “effectively over.”


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Addie wrote:The Hill
The Memo: GOP in shock over White House drama

Republicans are in shock this weekend as the chaos around the Trump White House reaches a new intensity.

Recent days have brought a deluge of drama.

Embattled chief of staff Reince Priebus was ousted, in news that broke late Friday afternoon. Priebus said in television interviews that he submitted his resignation the previous day.

"How this level of dysfunction helps the White House move its agenda, I have no idea," said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak. "This is a circus right now." ...
The White House has no big legislative wins in its first six months. Trump now faces challenges in passing legislation on tax reform and infrastructure spending, even as his political capital has been much diminished.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday, GOP strategist Rick Tyler declared Trump’s presidency “effectively over.”
As the recent cartoon over on the toons thread says: "Elect A Clown, Get A Circus".



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:27 am

Sam the Centipede wrote: :snippity:
:snippity:
As the recent cartoon over on the toons thread says: "Elect A Clown, Get A Circus".
So true, so true, so sadly true.


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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:36 pm

The Guardian
Turmoil fuels schism between Trump's White House and Republican party ...

With his legislative agenda stalled and his White House descending into civil war, Trump appeared to be losing support in a Republican party that had previously rallied round him.

Senior Republicans in Congress scalded the president over his threat to fire the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, and voted in favour of tougher sanctions against Russia, thwarting Trump’s attempts to seek warmer relations with Vladimir Putin.

The president was also under siege over his abrupt Twitter announcement that transgender people would be banned from the military and his wildly unscripted remarks in set-piece speeches, one of which appeared to endorse police brutality.

Commentators said the past week was the worst endured by any US president in living memory and warned that as Trump becomes increasingly isolated and volatile, the situation could rapidly deteriorate – especially if he is tested by an international crisis.

Charlie Sykes, a conservative author and broadcaster, said: “You have a White House in meltdown because the president is a pyromaniac.”


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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:37 pm

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As Trump Flogs Obamacare Repeal, Bipartisan Proposals Emerge

In the wake of Republicans’ failure to muster the votes for any bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration and Capitol Hill lawmakers are moving in opposite directions, with no cohesive strategy for the months ahead.

The White House responded to the back-to-back-to-back defeat of three separate Republican health care bills by demanding Congress try again, ordering lawmakers to put all other business on hold until Obamacare is repealed. (They have not complied. A vote to confirm a judge to the 11th Circuit is scheduled for Monday evening.)

The president met Friday with a handful of Senate and House Republicans pushing yet another Republican-only proposal to undo parts of the ACA. But without a score from the Congressional Budget Office and no sign of buy-in from the Republican defectors who tanked the other repeal bills, the still-unwritten bill appears headed for the same fate as its predecessors.

Trump’s other strategy has been—once again—to threaten to cut off cost sharing reduction payments (CSRs) to health insurance companies, a move that would throw the individual market into chaos and trigger massive hikes in premiums. Trump has openly mused that this will bring Democrats and holdout Republicans to the table on an Obamacare repeal effort, but so far it has only pushed lawmakers across the political spectrum to warn that cutting off the payments would hurt sick and low-income Americans and Republicans would pay a huge political price for the sabotage.

Overall, Congress appears to be largely unmoved by the ham-handed threats and demands coming from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. Instead of complying with Trump, lawmakers are moving in the opposite direction, working across the aisle on plans to stabilize the individual market.


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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:13 pm

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GOP leaders say it’s time for Senate to move on from health care

Senate Republican leaders signaled Monday that they intend to move on from health care to other legislative priorities, even as President Trump continued to pressure lawmakers to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The discord comes amid uncertainty in the insurance industry and on Capitol Hill about what will come next after last week’s dramatic collapse of the GOP’s effort to scrap the seven-year-old landmark law. Trump on Monday threatened to end subsidies to insurers and also took aim at coverage for members of ­Congress.

But the White House insistence appears to have done little to convince congressional GOP leaders to keep trying. One after another on Monday, top GOP senators said that with no evidence of a plan that could get 50 votes, they were looking for other victories.

“We’ve had our vote, and we’re moving on to tax reform,” said Sen. John Thune (S.D.), one of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s top lieutenants, speaking of the next big GOP legislative priority.


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Post by Northland10 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:16 pm

CNN

Flake points out his party is acting like a bunch of yahoos.
Jeff Flake's devastating indictment of his Republican Party, in 11 quotes

(CNN)Arizona's Jeff Flake has had enough.

The Republican senator, who was a vocal critic of President Trump during the campaign, has penned a book entitled "The Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle " that takes off after not only the President but also GOP leaders who, Flake alleges, have enabled the man in the White House for far too long. (The title is a throwback to Barry Goldwater's seminal "Conscience of a Conservative," which was originally released in 1960.)
An excerpt of Flake's new book, which goes on sale today, ran in Politico on Monday. And it was packed with devastating lines for Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and even Flake himself.

Here are the 11 most damning.

1. "Who could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair for a candidate who offered oversimplified answers to infinitely complex questions and managed to entertain them in the process?"

This is as cogent -- and brief -- an explanation for the rise of Trump as I have seen. Trump capitalized on frustration and alienation with the two-party system. And he took advantage of that most basic part of human nature: When faced with the utter complexity of the world around us, we look for simple solutions to make us feel better. Trump's promise to immediately make everything better with a snap of his fingers appealed to all of the people in the country who felt overwhelmed/angry/anxious about the ever-mounting problems they faced on a daily basis.


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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:15 pm

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With baby steps, Senate Republicans abandoning the president

WASHINGTON (AP) — There wasn’t a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.

They defeated an Obamacare repeal bill despite Trump’s pleas. They’re ignoring his Twitter demands that they get back to work on it. They dissed the White House budget director, defended the attorney general against the president’s attacks and passed veto-proof sanctions on Russia over his administration’s objections.

They’re reasserting their independence, which looked sorely diminished in the aftermath of Trump’s surprise election win.

“We work for the American people,” Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina said Tuesday. “We don’t work for the president.”

Those are surprisingly tough words from a Republican whose state Trump won easily less than a year ago. But after six months of controversies and historically low approval ratings, it’s clear Trump isn’t commanding the fear or respect he once did.


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:08 am

Northland10 wrote:CNN

Flake points out his party is acting like a bunch of yahoos.
Jeff Flake's devastating indictment of his Republican Party, in 11 quotes
Yet Flake has consistently voted pro-Trump.



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Post by Suranis » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:23 am

Flake is up for election in 2018. I guess he expected to be pulled up by Trumps coat tails, but now he is obviously afraid of being dragged under by Trump's tentacles, not to mention those of the GOP in general.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2csnVNai-o


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Post by Chilidog » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:52 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Northland10 wrote:CNN

Flake points out his party is acting like a bunch of yahoos.
Jeff Flake's devastating indictment of his Republican Party, in 11 quotes
Yet Flake has consistently voted pro-Trump.
Will he continue to do so?

His analysis is spot on.

He..he almost sounds reasonable.



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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:55 am

Chilidog wrote:
pipistrelle wrote:
Northland10 wrote:CNN

Flake points out his party is acting like a bunch of yahoos.
Yet Flake has consistently voted pro-Trump.
Will he continue to do so?

His analysis is spot on.

He..he almost sounds reasonable.
He didn't do so after writing this.

Anyone can sound great.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:26 pm

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/h ... -and-pivot?
House Republicans’ August Messaging Plan: Deflect and Pivot

House Republicans left Washington largely stumped about how to go home for a monthlong recess and defend to their constituents Congress’ failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. The concerns were so great that many members during a GOP Conference meeting Friday — just hours after a Senate vote on a scaled-back repeal bill failed — pleaded with leadership to keep the House in session in August.

But members needn’t worry about facing their constituents. Leadership has a plan: Deflect and pivot. To help with that deflection, the House Republican Conference last week hand delivered member offices a 28-page August resource kit full of talking points on legislation the House has passed in the first six months of united Republican government under President Donald Trump.

The House Ways and Means Committee put together a nine-page resource kit on “delivering pro-growth tax reform to the American people,” which is emerging as Republicans’ top fall agenda item. They’ve also provided members’ offices with August calendars citing 31 one reasons for rewriting the tax code — one for each day of the month as well as each year since the last tax overhaul passed in 1986. :snippity:

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said he doesn’t sugarcoat things for his constituents.
“I keep telling everybody at home we got to get back to basic business of governance: passing appropriations bills, getting budget agreements, not defaulting on our obligations,” he said. “We get that stuff done right, then we can move onto the big-ticket issues like tax reform and infrastructure. But we got to get the basics down.”

Asked if Republicans are currently failing at governing, Dent said,“There’s always a certain amount of dysfunction around here, but we are quickly taking the fun out of dysfunction.”[/quote]


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Border Patrol Ordered To Block Congressmen During Travel Ban

As chaos unfolded at the nation’s airports, Trump administration officials issued clear directives: treat lawyers’ calls like “protests” and keep duly elected representatives out.

On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.

Members of Congress say they’re shocked by the orders, uncovered in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Daily Beast and The James Madison Project, both of which were represented by the law office of Mark S. Zaid.

“I’m extremely troubled that CBP [Customs and Border Protection] employees would be instructed by superiors to ignore Congressional representatives trying to do their job, especially under such circumstances,” said Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. “We suspected as much at the time, but it’s jarring to see it in black and white. I’ll be seeking more information from CBP on this matter.”

A CBP official wrote in an email on Jan. 28 that the agency’s employees were forbidden from speaking to members of Congress.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:09 pm

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President Trump's strong-arm tactics backfire in Senate, experts say

WASHINGTON — President Trump's strong-arm negotiating tactics may have worked against business opponents but they are backfiring with Republican senators, who resent being bullied to vote with the president on health care and other issues and have the political clout to resist him, experts say.

"No matter how strong or dominant a personality the president has, he is going to have trouble taking on an American political institution as powerful as the U.S. Senate," said Grant Reeher, a political science professor and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at Syracuse University. "Senators have a strong sense of independence and sense of self that says 'I don't get pushed around that way.' And they're pushing back." ...

"It's stunning to think the president believes that this kind of pressure campaign is going to bring senators to the table when it is actually repelling them," said Joshua Huder, a senior fellow at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. He said the threats against Murkowski were especially "dumbfounding."

Trump's tactics reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the separation of powers and the fact that the legislative branch is equal to the executive branch under the Constitution, said James Thurber, a political scientist at American University and author of the book Rivals for Power: Presidential-Congressional Relations.


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Post by Addie » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:57 pm

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Poll: 80 percent of voters disapprove of GOP handling of health care

A Quinnipiac University poll shows staggering opposition among registered voters toward Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, with 80 percent of voters disapproving of the way Republicans in Congress are handling health care—including 60 percent of self-identified Republicans.

Sixty-four percent of voters across the ideological spectrum disapprove of Republican ideas to replace Obamacare, while just 25 percent are in favor of the legislation presented thus far.

As for outright repeal, only 22 percent of voters surveyed say President Donald Trump and the GOP should repeal the entirety of the Affordable Care Act. Forty percent are in favor of repealing parts of Obamacare, while 33 percent do not want any repeals at all.

Medicaid remains a touchy subject in the poll, with voters opposing a decrease in funding to the program 69 percent to 26 percent, including 52 percent of Republicans opposing cuts while just 39 percent remain in favor of austerity.

A narrow majority of voters support replacing the current health care system with a single-payer system by 51 percent to 38 percent. The question specifically defines single payer as Medicare covering every American citizen.


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pipistrelle wrote:Anyone can sound great.

Actions. Words.
The Hill: GOP senator: I wish Republicans had stood up to birtherism:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in an interview broadcast Sunday said he wished the Republican Party had stood up to bitherism.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd discussed Flake’s new book about conservatism and asked the Arizona senator if the GOP is afraid to put country over party.

“Well, I do think that we've seen more people ready to stand up. And I wish that we, as a party, would have stood up, for example, when the birtherism thing was going along. A lot of people did stand up but not enough,” Flake told Todd.

Flake said the birther movement, a conspiracy theory that claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, “was particularly ugly.”
If only Flake had been a position of power (say, Congress) while all that birthering was going on. Then he could have spoken up then. :roll:

And, as Weigel noted, Flake voted to confirm the president's birther nominee to the 6th Circuit.

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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 8:17 am

The Hill
Rubio: Trump-backed immigration bill won't pass Senate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is predicting that a White House-backed bill aimed at curbing legal immigration won't have enough support to pass the Senate.

"That bill's not going to pass. ... I think the White House knows that you don't have 60 votes for that in the Senate," Rubio told a Florida CBS station.

The bill, which President Trump rolled out last week with GOP Sens. David Perdue (Ga.) and Tom Cotton (Ark.), would aim to move legal immigration to a "merit-based" system and cut the number of green cards given out every year.

Trump made cracking down on immigration a key promise of his presidential campaign. But the legislation faces a steep uphill climb in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes, and is already getting pushback from several GOP senators and Democrats.


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Post by Addie » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:25 pm

The Hill
McConnell goes after Trump's 'excessive expectations'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday expressed his frustration with what he characterized as President Trump’s “excessive expectations” of the legislative process.

During a speech to the Florence Rotary Club in Kentucky, McConnell explained to listeners that moving legislation through both chambers of Congress takes time, saying “artificial deadlines” are not grounded in reality.

“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.

“And so, part of the reason I think people feel like we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality and the complexity of legislature may not have been fully understood.” ...

“People frequently ask me ‘what’s being the majority leader of the Senate like?’” McConnell said. “The best answer I’ve been able to come up with is a little bit like the groundskeeper at a cemetery. Everybody’s under you, but nobody’s listening.”
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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:29 pm

Poor, poor Mitch. He NOW says his legislation should move in turtle mode, not hare mode. Odd how he pushed hare mode. :rotflmao:


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Post by Lani » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:12 pm

Well, he is working on his drug policy to end "opiod" addiction. Here's a great idea! :sarcastic:
Jennifer Jacobs ✔ @JenniferJJacobs
Trump says to prevent opioid overdoses, tell youths "no good, really bad for you." "If they don't start it'll never be a problem."
9:21 AM - Aug 8, 2017
Melania is on it, too!
Melania Trump ✔ @FLOTUS
Opioids are destroying our youth/people. Mtg w @Potus & @SecPriceMD today to give my support to #STOPDRUGADDICTION
3:30 AM - Aug 8, 2017
ETA: Price isn't helping the situation.
While Price echoed the Obama administration by calling substance-use disorder a "disease" and the crisis a "public health issue" and not a "criminal justice issue," Price went against the prevailing wisdom on treatment options.

Price touted the success of faith-based treatment programs, and was decidedly non-supportive of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
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Post by Whatever4 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:27 am

But Melania can Just Say No in elebenty five languages!


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Post by RVInit » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:34 am

Whatever4 wrote:But Melania can Just Say No in elebenty five languages!
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Won't this cut into her #StopCyberBullying campaign?


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Post by gupwalla » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:38 am

Pray it away! Trade one opiod for another!

I do like the way Republicans are kindler and gentler about drugs since the worst drug problem of the moment afflicts largely rural, white, working class populations. Maybe we could even apply the same compassion to non-rural, non-white drug victims one day.


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