Monday, July 24, 2017

Senate

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Mitch McConnell
"Remember, we have a deal Mitch. You protect my healthcare legacy - and I do that other thing for you, which I won't mention here..."

Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting in Southern Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell acknowledged that the GOP controlled Senate may be unable to pass a healthcare replacement bill as things stand. Stating, “If my side is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur…”.

This is not surprising because only 1 in 5 Americans approve of the current Senate bill, and a clear 55% disapprove it as per latest polls. Even Republican Party officials have voiced concerns regarding the bill’s provisions,

“There are people who tell me they are better off under Obama’s law, and I believe them,” said Sen. Jerry Moran at a Kansas Town Hall meeting.

While Sen. Ted Cruz hedged his bets claiming his party’s Senate majority ,“is so narrow, I don’t know if we can get it done or not”. Referring to the bills’ position as “precarious”.

This internal disarray comes on the heels of a Congressional Budget Office report that stated the GOP bill would see an estimated 22 million Americans lose insurance over the decade, with further Medicaid cuts for the poor and disabled to be expected.

At an earlier press conference, McConnel communicated that he understood why the bill’s delay was causing so much concern for American families,

“The American people said, ‘We elected a Republican president, a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We want to see some results.”

However, reaching any sort of party consensus about where the bill goes from here is unlikely anytime soon, “We’re still several weeks away from a vote, I think,” said Republican Senator Pat Toomey regarding the standoff.

As things stand, it would take only three Republican Senators voting against the bill for it to fail. With most prominent GOP officials still committed to repeal and replace, it might be necessary to reach across the aisle so that a bill can move forward with bipartisan support.

But, McConnell has warned against this course stating, “any negotiation with the Democrats would include none of the reforms that we would like to make, both on the market side and the Medicaid side.”

With the American public facing rising premiums, and with insurers pulling out of existing markets it is obvious that we need a solution to Obama’s law sooner rather than later.

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Ted Cruz
It's always a fun time when The Cruz Missile delivers a devastating legal smackdown!

Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has stated that CNN could be held guilty of extortion for threatening the man who made a parody video of President Trump slamming the news network to the ground and beating it up.

CNN allegedly threatened the creator of the video, who happens to be a redditor, to expose his identity.

However, Senator Cruz believes that this action could lead CNN to be charged with extortion and blackmail. Senator Cruz previously taught Supreme Court litigation at the University of Texas School of Law where he was an adjunct professor.

“Troubling. I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion,” Cruz wrote. “If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP it’s a GA crime if they threatened to ‘Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule.'”

CNN is facing intense criticism after it managed to track down the creator of the video that showed Trump putting a wrestler to ground and beating him up; the wrestler’s head was superimposed with CNN.

In an online article, the cable news network seemed to make a subtle suggestion that it would publicise the person’s identity if he was caught engaging in “ugly behavior” online again.

“He is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again,” the story, titled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” reads on CNN.com

“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” it adds.

The story came back to hit CNN right in the face. Monday saw #CNNBlackmail trend on twitter almost all day.

In a statement given to BuzzFeed, CNN said it had decided against revealing the Redditor’s name out of concern for his well-being and safety.

“Any assertion that the network blackmailed or coerced him is false,” it said.

“The user, who is an adult male, not a 15-year-old boy, apologized and deleted his account before ever speaking with our reporter. CNN never made any deal, of any kind, with the user,” it added.

“In fact, CNN included its decision to withhold the user’s identity in an effort to be completely transparent that there was no deal,” CNN’s statement read.

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Pocahontas
"So, are you telling me I can just switch ancestries whenever I 'feel like it'? Tell me more about this Rachel Dolezal gal..."

Shiva Ayyadurai, a GOP Senate Candidate and the inventor of email services has his eyes set on taking down the Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and  has challenged the so-called “Native American” ancestry of Warren.

While, Warren had always presented nothing but “family stories,” to confirm her Indian ancestry, Ayyadurai planned a special surprise for her birthday.

In a tweet back on the 22nd of June Ayyadurai celebrated Warren’s birthday by uploading an image of an order that was placed on 23andMe for a DNA testing kit from Ayyadurai to Warren.

“Celebrate @SenWarren’s Birthday.DONATE $5 to http://Shiva4Senate.com to support REAL INDIAN vs. FAKE INDIAN DNA Test. My gift: HER DNA kit!” the tweet stated.

However, it was this Sunday that Ayyadurai tweeted that Warren had supposedly refused his much “thoughtful gift,” and has made him “deeply saddened.”

“I consider myself an embodiment of the American dream: an all-American Indian,” Ayyadurai was noted stating as he launched his election campaign and his campaign banners states, “only a real Indian can defeat the fake Indian.”

Ayydurai is noted as an India-born a 53-year-old entrepreneur and a Fulbright scholar and owner of several degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Furthermore, Ayyudurai had mentioned that the first ever vote that he had cast was in favor of President Trump and that he had never registered to cast a vote, prior to last year.

“After 1984, I broke with Republicans and Democrats, he said and that he realized at a very young age that “both these Establishment parties were two heads of the same snake — tweedle dee and tweedle dum.”

However, he stated that he believes Trump possess the “necessary force to disrupt a broken system that was no longer serving the American people” and that, Trump’s victory was “bound to occur… You can’t get away with fooling people over and over again. The truth is what intellectual and Hollywood elites are upset at … [It] is not Trump, but that they lost control over everyday people, who they discounted as inferior – a lower caste.”

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Usual Politics
Weren't we promised an end to politics as usual? Thanks, Senate GOP (sarcasm)!

In their latest attempt to win over some moderate Republicans who are siding with the conservative senators opposing the Senate’s Obamacare replacement package, Senate Republicans have said that they will inject $45 billion to the new health care legislation to help fight opioid abuse.

CNN recently reported that the opioid crisis has hit alarming levels. According to their findings, 26 percent of patients treated with some kind of opioids get addicted. Furthermore, one of every 550 patients dies as a result of an addiction-related complication within three years of the first prescription.

Senator Rob Portman from Ohio and Senator Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia are the moderates, Republican Senators hope to target with their proposed funding, since both senators have given the opioid crises high priority. But, for now, it seems like the new proposal may go in vain, as both senators believe that the cuts Medicaid that the new bill proposes are a bigger concern.

“More opioid funding would be very good and very beneficial, but the core for me is the Medicaid provision,” Capito told The Hill Thursday.

Capito and Portman, on their Senate websites, released a joint statement, stating that they cannot support the bill as it currently stands.

“For months, I have engaged with my colleagues on solutions that I believe are necessary to ensure that we improve our health care system and better combat this opioid epidemic,” Portman’s section read. “Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I cannot support it in its current form.”

“As drafted, this bill will not ensure access to affordable health care in West Virginia, does not do enough to combat the opioid epidemic that is devastating my state, cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply, and harms rural health care providers,” Capito wrote.

As it currently stands, the GOP’s health care bill, reduces $772 billion in Medicaid funding over the next 10 years.

Talking to CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo on his show, Capito said that the GOP’s plans to add $45 billion in funds to combat opioid addiction is pretty much useless unless Medicaid is also expanded. According to him Medicaid coverage and opioid treatment go “hand in hand.”

“You’re not going to access the treatment without the coverage, whether it’s through the exchanges or whether it’s Medicaid, you have to be able to have that coverage so that you can access the treatment the extra dollars are going to be put in to provide,” Capito said.

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Sessions Testifies
Sick of the partisan witch-hunt Jeff? So are we!

In what seemed to a pretty intense combative interaction, during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden asked him why he had recommended the dismissal of James Comey. Sessions was also accused by the senator of “stonewalling” the bureau’s investigation into Russian collusion.

“I believe the American people have had it with stonewalling,” Wyden began. “The American people don’t want to hear that answers relevant questions are privileged and off limits. Or that they can’t be provided in public, or that it would be ‘inappropriate’ for witnesses to tell us what they know.”

“We are talking about an attack on our democratic institutions,” he continued, “and stonewalling of any kind is unacceptable. And General Sessions has acknowledged that there is no legal basis for this stonewalling.”

“So now to questions,” Wyden said, “last Thursday I asked former Director Comey about the FBI’s interactions with you, General Sessions, prior to stepping aside from the Russian investigation. Mister Comey said that your continued engagement with the Russian investigation was ‘problematic.’ And he, Mr. Comey, could not discuss it in public.”

“Mr. Comey also said that FBI personally had been calling for you to step aside from the investigation at least two weeks before you finally did so,” he added. “Now in your prepared statement you stated you received only ‘limited information necessary to inform your recusal decision.’ but given Director Comey’s statement, we need to know what that was.”

“Where you aware of any concerns at the FBI or elsewhere in government about your contacts with the Russians,” Wyden asked, “or any other matters relevant to whether you should step aside from the Russian investigation?”

“Senator Wyden,” Sessions answered forcefully, “I am not stonewalling.”

“I am following the historic policies of the Department of Justice,” he explained. “You don’t walk into any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who’s entitled to receive confidential communications in your best judgement about a host of issues. And after being accusing of stonewalling for not answering, so I would push back on that.”

“Secondly, Mr. Comey, perhaps he didn’t know,” Sessions continued, “but I basically recused myself the day, the first day I got into office, because I never accessed files, I never learned the names of investigators, I never met with them, I never asked for any documentation, the documentation of what little I received was mostly already available in the media and was presented by the senior ethics public responsibility, professional responsibility attorney in the department.”

“General Sessions,” Wyden said after some disagreement, “respectfully, you’re not answering the question.”

“Well what is the question?” Sessions demanded.

“The question is, Mr. Comey said that there were matters with respect to the recusal that were problematic and he couldn’t talk about them. What are they?”

“I, why don’t you tell me? They are none, Senator Wyden!” Sessions angrily responded. “There are none! I can tell you that for absolute certainty.”

 

“You, this is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me,” Sessions accused. “And I don’t appreciate it. And I tried to give my best and truthful answers to any committee I’ve appeared before, and it’s really a, people are suggesting through innuendo that I have been not honest about matters and I’ve tried to be honest.”

“I want to ask you point blank,” Wyden continued, “why did you sign the letter recommending the firing of Director Comey when it violated your recusal?”

“It did not violate my recusal,” Sessions responded loudly. “It did not violate my recusal. That would be the answer to that, and the letter that I signed represented my views that had been formulated for some time.”

“That answer in my view doesn’t pass the smell test,” Wyden challenged him. “The president tweeted repeatedly about his anger about investigations into his associates and Russia. The day before you wrote your letter he tweeted, ‘the collusion story was a total hoax,’ and asked, ‘when will this tax-payer funded charade end?” I don’t think your answer passes the smell test.”

In response, Sessions made it clear that the letter he wrote only represented his views regarding the situation in question. In a testimony earlier, Sessions stated that he would not be answering certain questions to protect the possibility that President Trump may use his executive privilege in the future.

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Did . . . you . . . just . . . ASSUME . . . my GENDER!

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) was compelled to apologize at a town hall meeting in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on Wednesday, after he called a female attendee “honey.”

Manchin was talking about Planned Parenthood and the Hyde Amendment, as both relate to the distribution of federal funds allotted to health care services rather than abortion services. After Manchin defined the Hyde Amendment, he was interrupted by a female attendee.

“It doesn’t, it doesn’t. It pays for their health care,” the woman yelled, referring to the money going to Planned Parenthood.

“I know, honey. I know. I understand,” Manchin replied.

While it is unclear what the attendees said following that response, unsettled murmuring could be heard among the crowd. This prompted Manchin to retract his comment. He tried to apologize, but was, once again interrupted by the same attendee.

“You said that to a pussy hat,” she said, as laughter broke out amongst the crowd.

Manchin apologized once more, and said that his grandfather had a habit of calling everyone “honey.”

“So I’m sorry. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way,” he added.

The “pussy hat” the lady was wearing, has become a popular accessory among a lot of women participating in anti-Trump movements.

Launched over Thanksgiving, the Pussyhat Project, is the creation of two friends and recreational knitters, architect Jayna Zweiman and screenwriter Krista Suh.

While it is unclear how anti-Trump movement supporters plan on taking this movement forward, what’s gotten quite clear in the last few weeks is that the surge in the number of Americans supporting Trump, especially after the missile strikes in Syria last week, is not going down very nicely in the left camp. Movements such as the Pussyhat Project have managed to gain absolutely no traction amongst the general public, and the frustration is now quite visible.

With regards to the healthcare reform package that the Trump administration now plans to introduce once again, it is now quite clear to analysts and experts that he had been right all along and Obamacare will in fact collapse under its own weight, sooner or later. Of course, this is, once again, not going down very well with the leftists.

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This is your government.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went to the media this week to lower expectations about tax reform in 2017, a top goal of the Trump Administration.

Why?

It seems that Congressional Republicans can’t take on more than one thing at a time.

McConnell told Playbook Live that they would have to “wrap up work” on the ObamaCare “repeal” bill before taking a crack at tax reform.

McConnell also said, “All of those discussions are already under way, [but] how do you craft it?”

Given that Senator McConnell has served in the Senate since 1985, the question is bizarre. He and many of his colleagues have literally had decades to ponder tax reform.

And for decades, they have done nothing.

Another reason for the delay on the issue, is that Senators are choosing to take the month of August off. Their recess begins on July 31st and resumes in September.

American businesses however are churning along at a pace that has not been seen in decades. They are operating and investing based upon the promise of a 15% corporate tax rate that has been committed by Donald Trump.

If there is even a hint that tax reform will be a broken promise, the recent stock market gains will turn into a bursting bubble.

[Correction: On January 23, 2017, President Trump stated that the corporate tax rate will now be “anywhere from 15 to 20 percent.” The change in the corporate tax rate followed a raise in his proposed income tax brackets that quietly changed at the end of the election. The top tax rate increased from 25% to 33%. ]

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As Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama sat before his colleagues to begin his confirmation hearings to become the next Attorney General of the United States, the left turn the knob up to 11 on their cries of “racist.”

Here’s a sampling of the most recent attacks against the soft-spoken Southerner that gained President Elect Trump’s confidence:

George Takei never disappoints with making unfounded accusations:

A writer for MTV, Ira Madison, attacked Sessions for being racists, then showed his own prejudice by mocking the Senator’s Asian granddaughter. Ira quickly deleted the tweet then posted:

Disappointed Hillary supporters also chimed in but appear to lack the energy to put up much of an argument:

And leave it to the official DNC Twitter account to post a racist accusation by none other than CNN:

The tweet above goes to show that not much will change despite CNN and other corporate media outlets being called out and caught being shills for the left.

Comment below.

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Border Patrol

Americans are on the verge of learning if their new Republican-majority Congress will decide to renege on its constitutional obligation by choosing President Obama’s lawless amnesty over national security.

It’s a contentious issue involving funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In mid -January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $40 billion DHS spending bill with amendments that ban all illegal activities associated with Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which are set to spare millions of illegal aliens from deportation. The appropriations measure passed clean, with no taxpayer money for illegal activities.

Now it sits before the Senate and the big question is will our elected officials fund DHS by passing the House bill prohibiting money to pay for the president’s amnesty measures? Or will the Senate block the measure from becoming law, essentially sending the message that amnesty for undocumented aliens takes priority over national security? Republicans have 54 seats in the Senate and the bill needs 60 votes to pass with the crucial anti-amnesty amendments attached. Obama has threatened to veto the measure if it doesn’t include cash for his unlawful amnesty provisions.

It appears that the bill won’t even get to the president’s desk, however. Senate Democrats have threatened to block the measure if it excludes funding for the various illegal immigrant programs. In fact, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Democrats say that the clean “House bill cannot pass the Senate.” They mention the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Ottawa and Australia as well as the threat of ISIS to make a case for the critical DHS funding. “We know that you share our desire to keep our nation safe in these dangerous times, and we thank you for considering our request,” the letter ends.

This is classic political theater that, unfortunately, has become all too common in our government. No wonder Congress’s approval ratings are at an all-time low. Americans are disgusted with their elected officials—both Democrat and Republican—in Washington D.C. In this case, McConnell, who has previously served as Senate Republican leader four times, initially vowed to stop Obama’s outrageous executive amnesty initiatives. But recently he began backpedaling from the defunding strategy, according to a national organization dedicated to examining immigration trends and effects.

It certainly appears that Republicans aren’t pushing hard enough to pass the House version of the DHS funding bill. Just today McConnell delivered a softball speech on the Senate floor, calling on Democrats to join Republicans and “stand up for core democratic principles like the rule of law and separation of powers.” A few days earlier Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions brought awareness to a broader issue by asking “who does Congress work for?” The veteran lawmaker points out that the House-approved version before the Senate “fully funds every activity, program, and function of DHS that is authorized by law.” Only actions that fall outside the scope of the law are not funded.

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John Boehner

Just weeks after winning sweeping victories in the 2014 elections that saw angry voters turn over control of the Senate to Republicans House Speaker John Boehner has decided to strike a sweeping bargain with lame duck Democrats over a huge omnibus-spending bill to fund government operations through September 2015 – the end of the current fiscal year.

The question is why.

Why would Speaker Boehner rush a 1,603-page $1.1 trillion spending bill through Congress now rather than wait for conservative Republicans elected on November 4 take over control of the Senate after the New Year – now just weeks away?

Speculation is that current House leaders – loyal to and controlled by the Republican establishment – want to cut a “moderate” spending deal with Senate Majority Harry Reid in time to head off the new and largely conservative class of Senators set to take over control of the chamber on January 2.

House conservatives have complained bitterly that voters soundly rejected “pass it before you can read it” government adding that the bill will deprive new Congress conservatives with the political leverage they will need to pry concessions from the Obama Administration on everything from defunding ObamaCare and out-of-control regulation to legislation repealing executive “amnesty” for illegal aliens.

The legislation will also “kick the can down the road” on government debt – now exceeding $18 trillion – by raising the debt limit to make way for more deficit spending while heading off any government shutdowns until at least late 2015.

The “compromise spending bill” will fully fund virtually all federal government activities through the end of the fiscal year next September except the Department of Homeland Security.

This includes full funding for ObamaCare… full funding for top down federal control over education… and full funding of “executive overreach” initiatives like amnesty, lack of government transparency and the selective enforcement of federal laws by Justice Department.

Apparently, conservatives should be content with modest cuts in the Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency budgets with no concessions “greenhouse gas” emission standards based on the flawed science of “climate change”.

When reached for comment, the press spokesman for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) said Sen. Lee is deeply disappointed that the process for the spending bill saying that it was set up to push Congress into a vote before the bill could be read by members – exactly the kind of legislative maneuvering that voters rejected on Election Day. Senator’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul could not be reached by press time.

Please check back for updates.

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