Senate Confirms Trump’s Judicial Nominees Despite Democrats’ Opposition

ㅤ”The fact that at least 40 Democrats voted against all of them suggests that Senate Democrats will vote against any Trump nominee. This will only serve to push Senate Republican leadership closer to revising Senate rules to end this obstruction.”

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Tax reform bill doesn’t include repeal of Obamacare mandate, sources say

ㅤ”The President touted the idea in a tweet on Wednesday, and the concept is still being toyed with in the Senate Republicans’ version of tax reform.”

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Here’s How Mike Pence Could Pass Tax Reform Without A Single Concession To Democrats

ㅤ”Congress adopted the ‘Byrd Rule’ in 1985, which bars any ‘extraneous measures’ that do not directly change revenues or expenditures from getting included in a reconciliation bill. Typically, the Senate parliamentarian makes a judgment on each provision of a bill to see if it has a direct impact on the federal budget.
ㅤCustomarily, before leadership moves forward with a bill under reconciliation rules, the Senate’s parliamentarian analyzes any objections that senators raise to provisions in the bill they feel do not meet reconciliation requirements. All provisions have to be germane to the bill and have a direct impact on the budget. The Senate parliamentarian typically makes a ruling on whether or not each provision meets those requirements and advises the presiding officer (Pence or another senator in his absence) on which provisions should stay.
ㅤPence has the ability to work around the parliamentarian. It is the President of the Senate, not the parliamentarian, who makes the ruling on what is permissible under reconciliation and what is not, a historian at the U.S. Senate Historical Office told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The parliamentarian has a purely advisory role.”

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Flake retirement could help GOP save the Senate


Arizona

ㅤ”Democrats’ narrow path back to the Senate majority in 2018 runs directly through Arizona, and a Republican hold there would close it completely. Democrats currently have 48 senators, three seats shy of a majority, and have to defend 10 states Trump won. But they are attacking Republican seats in Nevada and Arizona and hold out hope for an upset in a deep-red state like Texas or Tennessee.”

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GOP Senate hopefuls reluctant to back McConnell as leader

ㅤ”The candidate survey underscores the tricky balancing act facing Republican Senate candidates in 2018, which is shaping up to be a proxy war between the party establishment and its grass-roots base.
ㅤOn one side is McConnell and his deep ties to the national party’s donor network, a prized asset for any candidate facing a tough primary. On the other side is Breitbart chairman and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, the anti-establishment provocateur with an influential news outlet who is asking candidates to oppose the majority leader.”

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Schumer: Bipartisan health care bill ‘has a majority’

ㅤ”This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it. We have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans,’ Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on ‘Meet the Press’ on NBC. ‘I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week. It will pass and it will pass by a large number of votes.”

ㅤô¿ô …Sure thing Chuck. HAHA !!

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Trump to address Senate Republicans at Capitol

ㅤRepublican Policy Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)

ㅤ”‘We are pleased to announce that President Trump will join us next Tuesday to press our common agenda and speed a great American recovery,’ John Barrasso said.”

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