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  • McConnell: 'I don't know' how we get to 50 votes on health care bill

    05/26/2017 10:46:20 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    politico ^ | 5/24/17 | Louis Nelson
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said the path forward for the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare remains unclear, adding that he is unsure at the moment how such a measure will secure the requisite 50 votes from the GOP’s 52 senators. "I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment. But that's the goal,” McConnell (R-Ky.) told Reuters in an interview. He said passing a repeal-and-replace measure, a campaign promise of GOP lawmakers for more than seven years and a key plank of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, remains a top priority. Work on...
  • Out of touch Conservatives?

    05/26/2017 10:11:06 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 26, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    In this space, we frequently call out left-wing academics out of touch with reality. That might appear to be an ideological bias in and of itself were it not for their overwhelming dominance of academe. Nevertheless, it behooves us to take note when conservative perceptions, rare as they are in the Ivory Tower, do not match up with reality. "If the vagueness of Trump's policy positions provides an opening for Congress to fill in the details, so does the unconservatism of many of the positions he has specified," Greg Weiner writes in the Spring 2017 issue of Modern Age. "There...
  • McConnell: Trump's values 'indistinguishable' from Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio

    05/24/2017 6:40:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | may | Max Greenwood
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) said on Wednesday that he believes President Trump has settled into the conventional Republicanism touted by rank-and-file party members, like Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). "What the administration is doing, not only am I comfortable with it, but I think the vast majority of Republicans in Congress feel that this is a right-of-center presidency, which is what we had hoped," McConnell told Reuters in an interview. "If you look at what the president is actually for, it strikes me as indistinguishable from what a President Jeb Bush or a President Marco Rubio...
  • Exclusive: U.S. Senate's McConnell sees tough path for passing healthcare bill

    05/24/2017 12:23:08 PM PDT · by Carl Vehse · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 24, 2017 | Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb
    Referring to behind-the-scenes work among Senate Republicans on a healthcare bill, [U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell said, "I don't know how we get to 50 (votes) at the moment."
  • US approves $650M for San Francisco Bay Area train system

    05/22/2017 2:51:08 PM PDT · by Drago · 42 replies
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (AP) ^ | May 22, 2017 | JULIET WILLIAMS
    SAN FRANCISCO - The Trump administration announced Monday that it will fully fund a $650 million federal grant for electrification of a San Francisco Bay Area train system that also would help California's high-speed rail project.
  • Ted Cruz Spearheads Another Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill (Appointed by McConnell)

    05/11/2017 7:54:07 AM PDT · by mitchell001 · 135 replies
    redstate ^ | May 11, 2017 | Ralph Mitchell
    Mitch McConnell has put the Senate Obamacare Repeal and Replace Bill in the leadership of Ted Cruz. McConnell has appointed a GOP Working Group led by Cruz to write a Repeal and Replace Bill. This process bypasses the Senate Committees. This new Senate Bill will go directly to the Senate floor for a vote.
  • Trump's Smart Outsourcing of Judicial Picks

    05/09/2017 6:35:02 AM PDT · by libstripper · 9 replies
    Bloomberg View ^ | May 8, 2017 | Noah Feldman
    Plenty of Donald Trump’s decisions have been outside the conservative mainstream. But when it comes to judicial nominees, the Republican president seems to be calling them right out of the Federalist Society playbook. First came his U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, whose selection was predictable based on his elite legal conservative credentials. Now the individuals in his first wave of appellate nominees seem to be cut from the same cloth. I know several of the nominees personally and others by reputation -- and that’s not a demographic accident. Trump is naming judges from my generational cohort, roughly mid-40s to...
  • Trump Fills 10 More Judicial Seats Mitch McConnell Stole From Obama

    05/09/2017 6:27:15 AM PDT · by libstripper · 67 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 8, 2017 | Jay Michaelson
    President Trump announced ten federal judicial nominees today. All of them will sail through the Senate. All of them will fill seats stolen from President Obama. There are over 120 vacancies in the federal judiciary, and Obama had nominated people to fill 81 of them. But by the end of his two terms, 59 of those nominees were still in limbo, because Mitch McConnell’s Senate confirmed only 22. This week, ten new nominees were announced to take their seats—as promised, mostly conservative firebrands picked by the Heritage Foundation and Federalist Society—with many more sure to come. The Republicans’ strategy of...
  • Senate won't vote on House-passed healthcare bill

    05/05/2017 8:27:52 AM PDT · by Coronal · 23 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 4, 2017 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans said Thursday they won't vote on the House-passed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but will write their own legislation instead. A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.
  • In Senate, pessimism over ObamaCare repeal

    05/04/2017 11:31:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2017 | Alexander Bolton
    Republican senators say they don’t see a way to get healthcare reform over the finish line, even if the House passes a bill this week. A senior GOP senator said the chances of getting 51 votes for legislation based on the House healthcare bill are less than 1 in 5.
  • McConnell rejects Trump filibuster idea

    05/03/2017 6:54:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 2, 2017
    The top Republican in the Senate on Tuesday rejected President Donald Trump's suggestion that his party change the chamber's rules to undercut the ability of Democrats to block legislation with filibusters. "There is an overwhelming majority on a bipartisan basis that is not interested in changing the way the Senate operates on the legislative calendar," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters.
  • Lindsey Graham: ‘Democrats Cleaned Our Clock’ on GOP Spending Plan [VIDEO]

    05/02/2017 10:48:42 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 59 replies
    The Politistick ^ | 05/02/2017 | Matthew K. Burke
    Note: When things are so bad that the establishment RINOs, who made caving on spending bills an art form, are admitting the Republican Party got rolled by Democrats on a spending bill, something really needs to change. RINO Senator Lindsey Graham, CR 33%, appearing on CNN Tuesday morning with Kate Bolduan, said that the GOP got their clocks cleaned by Democrats in negotiating the temporary spending bill, the so-called “Omnibus” that avoids a temporary government shutdown until September when a new budget is promised. “I don’t know if I’m going to vote for the bill they’re going to present to...
  • Five Reasons We Keep Losing To The Left

    04/28/2017 6:55:33 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 31 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | April 21, 201 | Eric Blake
    Edmund Burke, the father of Conservatism, once wrote “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fail, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Later, John Stuart Mill said, “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to accomplish their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” All right, all right—why am I writing this, amid all the victories we’ve enjoyed? For goodness sake, the RNC’s just announced...
  • Shutdown showdown: How Mitch McConnell is letting Democrats continue to run the country

    04/28/2017 12:33:15 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/28/17 | Dan Calabrese
    With a big assist from John McCain How, you ask, can we be at risk of a government shutdown? Republicans control the House, the Senate and the presidency. All the Republicans have to do is hold together and they can avert a shutdown, you reasonably assume. But it doesn’t work that way. It should. And it could. But as it stands today, it doesn’t. That’s because Senate Republicans under the leadership of Mitch McConnell continue to tolerate the abuse of what was once a tool used only in extraordinary circumstances - the filibuster.
  • Elizabeth Warren Says Mitch McConnell Won't Even Say Hello To Her

    04/15/2017 3:42:13 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 108 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 15, 2017 | Sam Levine
    "I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has apparently been ignoring Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) since moving to silence her on the Senate floor in February, Warren told The Boston Globe. McConnell cut Warren off in February as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King during a speech on the Senate floor, explaining her opposition to Jeff Session’s nomination to be attorney general. McConnell invoked a little-used rule that blocks senators "by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators...
  • Inside Look: How Mitch McConnell Thwarted Obama, Then Saved the Gorsuch Nomination

    04/10/2017 12:25:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/10/2017 | Guy Benson
    It's a testament to the turbulence in the global affairs and the head-spinning churn of the Trump-era news cycle that the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice -- featuring a massive fight in the Senate -- was treated like a second-tier story last week. In case you missed it, Neil Gorsuch is joining the Court as an Associate Justice today, filling a seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia in early 2016. As we covered extensively, Senate Democrats mounted an unprecedented filibuster against Gorsuch, whose credentials and suitability for the position were never in question. This was the latest provocation in a decades-long...
  • McConnell reaches out to Romney about possible Senate bid [if Hatch retires]

    04/07/2017 9:06:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2017 11:41 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has reached out to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney about possibly running for the Senate — if a vacancy opens in Utah. There has been much speculation about whether Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah will retire instead of running for re-election. The 83-year-old Hatch has fueled some of it. …
  • Senate GOP 'goes nuclear,' clearing way for Trump court pick

    04/06/2017 11:41:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    WYFF-TV ^ | April 6, 2017 | Erica Werner, The Associated Press
    Republicans invoked the "nuclear option" in the Senate Thursday, unilaterally rewriting the chamber's rules to allow President Donald Trump's nominee to ascend to the Supreme Court. Furious Democrats objected until the end, but their efforts to block Judge Neil Gorsuch failed as expected. Lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the long-term implications for the Senate, the court and the country....
  • Senate Republicans deploy ‘nuclear option’ after Gorsuch filibuster

    04/06/2017 9:16:33 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 109 replies ^ | 4-6-2017 | Judson Berger
    Senate Republicans deployed the so-called “nuclear option” Thursday afternoon in a bid to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, moving to overcome a Democratic filibuster just minutes earlier. The Senate initially voted 55-45 on a motion to end debate on Gorsuch, with four Democrats breaking ranks; it needed 60 to succeed. Known as a filibuster, this vote triggered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to go “nuclear.” This means he is trying to change Senate precedent so that the Senate can move to a final roll call with just a simple majority of 51 votes, as opposed to 60....
  • McConnell promises in no uncertain terms: 'We're going to confirm Judge Gorsuch this week'

    04/03/2017 12:06:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/03/17 | Robert Laurie
    Roasts Schumer's hypocrisy I know, I know. Most conservatives place about as much faith in Mitch McConnell as they place in the healing benefits of copper bracelets. However, his promise - made on Fox News Sunday - is about as unconditional as it gets. Gorsuch, he claims, will be confirmed. ...And he’ll be confirmed by the end of this week.