Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks


ㅤPictured: Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

ㅤ”Republicans are mulling changing the Senate’s rules to speed up consideration of President Trump’s nominees.
ㅤGOP senators want to cut down the amount of debate time needed to confirm hundreds of the President’s picks, arguing Democrats are using the Senate’s rulebook to stonewall and slow-walk nominees and the GOP agenda.
ㅤRepublicans have been privately discussing the potential changes for months, but support for the move appears to be growing amid mounting frustration about the pace of nomination votes.
ㅤ’It merely shortens what is currently an unreasonably long process,’ said Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.
ㅤThe panel held its first hearing of the year before the holidays to discuss the measure from GOP Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).
ㅤThe freshman senator wants to limit the amount of debate time on nominations after they’ve already cleared a procedural hurdle and shown they have enough support to pass.
ㅤUnder Lankford’s resolution, post-cloture debate for non-Cabinet nominees would shrink from 30 hours down to eight hours. For district court nominees—whose decisions can be overturned by federal circuit courts or the Supreme Court—debate would be limited to two hours.”

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Passing Tax Reform Offers Republicans Another Shot to Repeal Obamacare


ㅤPictured: Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)

ㅤ”Speaker Paul Ryan signaled that next year he wants to tackle entitlement reform, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Republicans should move on from repealing Obamacare. Republicans will only have a one-seat majority in the Senate in 2018, which will make more contentious issues such as welfare reform and Obamacare repeal less politically viable, although some conservatives have argued that Republicans should focus on repealing Obamacare.
ㅤRep. Dave Brat, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, contended, ‘When I go back home, the No. 1 issue, by far, is still ObamaCare and major health-care reform that’s needed to bring these skyrocketing premiums to an end.'”

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Here Are The Senators Who Voted To Shut Down The Government Before Christmas

ㅤô¿ô …The usual gang of obstructionists. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rand Paul (R-KY) were among them.

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Analysis: Senate landscape shifts again with his resignation

ㅤ”The latest series of events lands in what has already been a very unpredictable Senate election cycle. On its face, 2018 should be a banner year for Senate Republicans, with just nine seats to defend and 25 Democratic seats (not counting the now-open Minnesota seat) to target. Of those 23 Democratic seats, almost half — 10 — were carried by President Trump in 2016 including five (Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia) where Trump won by double digits.”

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Angus King: Tax reform vote will be the most important vote senators take in their whole career


ㅤPictured: Sen. Angus King, I-Maine

ㅤô¿ô …King is either a scumbag or a moron, though probably a scheming, lying scumbag. The votes with the longest and possibly most important effects on America are the votes for or against judicial nominees. No explanation necessary.

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Senate Republicans get tax victory in early Saturday morning vote

ㅤ”The final vote came after Republicans secured the 50 votes needed for passage, and then passed it 51-49, relieving Vice President Mike Pence from the duty of breaking a 50-50 tie.”

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Senate Republicans Attempt To Rewrite Tax Bill At The Last Minute


ㅤPictured: Sen. Bob Corker

ㅤ”It doesn’t look like the trigger is going to work according to the parliamentarian, so we have an alternative — frankly a tax increase we don’t want to do — but we ate trying to address Sen. Corker’s needs,’ Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters Thursday.”

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Mitch McConnell is confident the Senate will pass tax reform either late tonight or early tomorrow

ㅤ”‘We are on the cusp of a great victory for the country and particularly small business,’ Mitch McConnell said at an event featuring small business owners praising the GOP tax plan.”

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Senate votes to advance $1.4 trillion tax cut bill

ㅤ”The Senate voted Wednesday to open debate on a $1.4 trillion tax bill after Republican leaders worked out preliminary deals to the smooth over the concerns of several Republican lawmakers.”

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Senate confirms Greg Katsas to DC Circuit Court of Appeals


ㅤPictured: Greg Katsas

ㅤ”The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Greg Katsas to the D.C. Court of Appeals, considered the most important court in the country for government regulation outside of the Supreme Court.”

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Rand Paul to vote for Senate GOP tax bill

ㅤ”‘This tax bill is a true test for my colleagues. I’m not getting everything I want — far from it. … I’ve fought for and received major changes for the better — and I plan to vote for this bill as it stands right now,’ Paul wrote in a Fox News op-ed.”

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After Obamacare failure, Senate gets a second chance with tax vote

ㅤ”Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hasn’t officially scheduled a vote on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the Senate Finance Committee approved earlier this month. But a vote is planned for next week, a top GOP aide told the Washington Examiner.”

ㅤô¿ô …It looks like there will be something worth reporting next week.

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Couples earning $1 million-plus would get child tax credits in Senate bill

ㅤô¿ô …The establishment Senate Republicans strike again! They have made tax reform complicated. They may as well paint a target on their backs. If the right-leaning Washington Examiner floats this headline, just think what the left-leaning media will headline. Something is imploding, and it isn’t Obamacare.

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Frequent ‘Breitbart News Daily’ Caller Gives Up on #MAGA, Plans to Leave U.S.

ㅤô¿ô …I’ve been preparing for the day the USA completes its transformation to a welfare state, overwhelmed by the national debt, the trade deficit, drugs, crime and immorality. It seems the mob is destined to rule until the USA becomes a colony of China.
ㅤRetiring to Budapest, Hungary is looking more and more attractive. Hungary is anti-EU, anti-immigration, with strong nationalism, moderate climate, moderate cost of living and lots of culture. Budapest also has a large population of English-speaking expats. See you there in four years.

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Stocks Slump on News Senate Plan Delays Tax Cuts Until 2019

ㅤ”Stocks fell sharply on Thursday after the Washington Post reported that the Senate Republican tax plan would delay the cut in the corporate tax rate until 2019. While some in the Senate have objected to the delay, they were overruled by Senate Republican leaders, the Post reported.
ㅤThe one year delay would lower the cost of the tax bill by $100 billion, according to the newspaper. But it would likely dull the economic impact of tax cuts by encouraging companies to delay repatriating foreign profits or making investments [in the USA] until they can take advantage of the lower rate.”

ㅤô¿ô …Apparently the old-guard Republicans will again rebel against Trump, screw over Americans and prove their inability to govern. Please don’t blame the President.

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How the Senate tax bill differs from the House version

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