Republicans Working to Make Their Mark on Judiciary

Republicans’ successful tax reform package is rightfully receiving a lot of attention for buoying the party’s midterm hopes. But one issue that isn’t receiving a lot of attention could very well be the GOP’s secret midterm weapon: President Trump’s dramatic reshaping of the judiciary. Judicial appointments don’t receive much publicity and yet the actively move…
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Democrats Remain United Behind Cynical Schumer Shutdown

In the waning hours of Friday evening, Senate Republicans tried one last procedural vote that would have allowed a vote on a continuing resolution to fund the government for 30 days. It failed, falling nine votes short of the 60 votes needed to overcome Democrats’ filibuster. And with that, the government shut down. This is…
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The Government is Shut Down and Democrats are to Blame

The Republican-led House did their part, passing a bill on Thursday that would keep the government funded until February 16. They even included a few policy riders, such as a long-term extension of the low-income children’s health insurance program (CHIP), to sweeten the pot in order to woo Democrats into supporting its passage. Despite it…
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Senate Republicans Push Historic Tax Reform One Step Closer to Reality

Tax reform is hard. Not just hard, nearly impossible. The tax code has been slowly turned into a minefield of competing credits, deductions and loopholes, essentially guaranteeing that any attempt at reform will have unintended side effects on one or another group of taxpayers. For a while, it looked as though the Senate would not…
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Republicans Take Important First Step Toward Tax Reform

Republicans’ push for fundamental tax reform moved one step closer to reality last week with the Senate’s passage of the budget resolution. By passing the budget measure, Republicans have created a vehicle that enables them to use a procedure called “reconciliation” to pass tax reform. The budget resolution provided reconciliation instructions to the Senate Finance…
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While Democrats Celebrate, Obamacare Continues to Decimate Insurance Markets

“I imagine many of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are celebrating, probably pretty happy about this,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said from the Senate floor after a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare failed to pass. “This is a disappointment, a disappointment indeed.” “Our constituents have suffered through an awful…
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Senate Republicans Take Big Step Toward Repealing Obamacare

Sen. John McCain, the maverick of the U.S. Senate, who just days ago underwent surgery to begin his battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer, strode onto the Senate floor to cast the decisive vote on the motion to proceed on the Republican health care bill. Elise Viebeck paints the scene for the Washington…
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Republicans Another Step Closer to Rebuilding American Health Cares

“It’s time to put up or shut up,” John Cornyn, the chief Republican vote counter in the Senate said of Mitch McConnell’s message to pass health care reform. “I think he’s right. We could talk about this endlessly and never reach a conclusion.” Repealing and replacing Obamacare is hard. Fundamentally transforming an enormous entitlement like…
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Chuck Schumer’s Filibuster Folly

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed today that Democrats would filibuster the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This is foolhardy on any number of levels. By any measure Judge Gorsuch is an imminently qualified judge with a sterling track record and a deep respect from his peers. Even President Obama’s solicitor…
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CBO Score Doesn’t Tell the Full Story of Repeal and Replace

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Monday issued a report on the predicted impacts of the House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Unsurprisingly it was a political Rorschach test – each side, with enough eye-squinting, could see what they wanted to see. Democrats immediately seized on one number: That 24 million fewer people…
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