Senate votes to end shutdown

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ㅤ”The three-week funding bill still needs to pass on a final up-or-down vote, but that is a formality now that the Senate has voted to end dilatory debate. The House is expected to approve the bill quickly.”

ㅤô¿ô …The federal government had a snow day.


Full story at The Hill, image from thehill.com (tags chuck schumer, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, schumer, senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress) – 1/22/18

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McConnell promises immigration debate if government reopens

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ㅤ”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday promised to take up an immigration bill protecting an estimated 800,000 Dreamers from deportation and allow an open amendment process if Democrats agree to reopen the government.
ㅤThe Senate will vote at noon on a three-week funding resolution to end the government shutdown that began at midnight Saturday. The legislation includes an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
ㅤDemocrats have been pressing McConnell for a vote on the Dreamers legislation, and it is unclear whether his latest commitments will be enough to win them over.
ㅤWith some Republicans expected to vote against the bill, nearly a dozen Democratic votes will likely be needed to clear a 60-vote procedural hurdle.”


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Senate plans vote on three-week stopgap measure

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ㅤ”The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote at 1 a.m. Monday on a three-week stopgap measure to reopen the government.
ㅤSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had warned earlier that he would force a procedural vote if senators could not reach an agreement. Absent a deal, 1 a.m. is the earliest the Senate would be able to hold such a vote.
ㅤSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he thinks negotiators could be close to a breakthrough, but immigration issues are still a sticking point.”


Full story at The Hill, image from thehill.com (tags senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress, stopgap, shutdown, government shutdown) – 1/21/18

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Congress misses deadline to prevent shutdown

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ㅤ”Congress has missed a midnight deadline to prevent a government shutdown, though efforts to quickly end a shutdown appear to be underway.”


Full story at The Hill, image from thehill.com (tags senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress, shutdown, government shutdown) – 1/20/18

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House-Passed Gov’t Funding Bill Fails In Senate Hours Ahead Of Shutdown

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ㅤ”Lawmakers are weighing a shorter-term spending bill to keep the funding while negotiations continue.”


Full story at The Daily Caller, image from dailycaller.com (tags senate, senate republicans, senators, u.s. congress, government shutdown, shutdown) – 1/19/18

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Senate to vote at 10 p.m. on doomed spending bill

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ㅤô¿ô …This is the final act of the farce. The Dems have to prove to the open-border nut jobs that they didn’t go down without a fight. But the plan concocted by both parties will get the bill passed. Expect a lot of staged screaming from Dems.


Full story at The Washington Examiner, image from wnd.com (tags chuck schumer, donald trump, mcconnell, mitch mcconnell, potus, president, schumer, senate, senate republicans, senators, trump, u.s. congress, john cornyn) – 1/19/18

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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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Freedom Caucus will back Senate budget — in exchange for tax promise


ㅤFreedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows

ㅤ”In exchange for their votes, the Freedom Caucus wants a promise that GOP tax writers will hold their first committee markup the following week, with a House floor vote on the tax bill in the second week of November.”

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House, Senate leaders near budget deal to set up tax reform

ㅤ”The House and Senate need to pass identical budgets in order to allow Republicans to use a fast-tracking procedure that sidesteps the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold for passage. Then Republicans can jam a tax bill through on party lines, which is their current plan.”

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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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Senate Republicans urge Trump to back bipartisan Obamacare deal


ㅤDemocratic Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Lamar Alexander

ㅤ”‘I told the President that if Graham-Cassidy became law tomorrow, you’ve got two or three years before this thing gets implemented. You’ve got to do something in the interim period,’ Lindsey Graham said in an interview. ‘You can’t save Obamacare but you can keep the markets from collapsing until we get a replacement, which will be Graham-Cassidy.'”

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Senate votes down amendment barring tax cuts for 1 percent

ㅤ”Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted down a measure to prevent tax cuts for the top 1 percent earners, an amendment introduced by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden to extract a price from the GOP as it moves toward tax reform legislation.”

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Senate GOP Backs $1.6 Billion for 2018 Border Wall

ㅤ”President Donald Trump is demanding that Democrats agree to fund the border wall in exchange for legalization of the 690,000 beneficiaries of former President Barack Obama’s now-eclipsed DACA amnesty.”

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Alexander-Murray Healthcare Deal ‘Second Largest Expansion of Federal Abortion Funding’

Senators Lamar Alexander (R) and Patty Murray (D)

ㅤ”Christopher Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research, explains that, unless Lamar Alexander directly adds the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits federal taxpayer funding for most abortions – to the bill, ‘the cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will be used to fund plans that cover abortion.'”

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Mitch McConnell Folds Under Populist Pressure, Extends Senate Workweek

ㅤ”The Senate will soon move into its 11th month into its congressional term and has yet to pass an Obamacare repeal and replace package, pass tax reform, confirm judicial nominees, and fund a southern border wall.
ㅤLast week, more than 100 national leaders urged Senate Republican leaders to use every means at their disposal to confirm more than 200 presidential nominations currently pending in the U.S. Senate, both for the executive branch and for the federal courts.
ㅤAt the moment, roughly 149 judicial vacancies exist, and yet the Senate has only confirmed seven of President Donald Trump’s 56 judicial nominees- nominees that experts have praised across the board.”

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