Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

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They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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Freedom Caucus rears its ugly head, as usual, on debt ceiling and, as usual, heats up GOP civil war

Remember how on Thursday everyone in Republican leadership had decided there had to be a “clean” debt ceiling hike this fall, including former House Freedom Caucus guy and current OMB Director Mick Mulvaney?

Yeah, well about that.

x

They can point to this for back up (proving yet again there’s an old Trump tweet for every occasion).

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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 23, 2013

As of now, Mulvaney insists “There’s no infighting within the administration about the debt ceiling.” Give it a week or two, and Mulvaney’s old buddies in the Freedom Caucus putting pressure on him.

Just another

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Republicans get ready for next internal war: The debt ceiling

It’s a laugh riot being a Republican congressional leader, and they deserve every headache it brings them. The next big headache, provided they can stave off popular vote loser Donald Trump’s insistence that they bring back Obamacare repeal, is a very serious one: the debt ceiling. Leadership has decided they want a “clean” hike, with no spending cuts attached. You know what that means.

Republican congressional leaders are quietly preparing to pass a “clean” debt ceiling increase, according to multiple senior GOP sources — setting the stage for a high-risk showdown with rank-and-file Republicans this fall. […]
GOP lawmakers in both chambers of Congress are calling for any debt ceiling hike to be accompanied by spending cuts or fiscal reforms — the same demand they made repeatedly during Barack Obama’s two terms.

That means McConnell (R-Ky.) and Ryan (R-Wis.) will have to rely on Democrats and enough moderate

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As time runs out, Republicans still have no debt ceiling plan in place

Another day, another missed opportunity on Capitol Hill. That was the story of Tuesday’s debt-ceiling meeting between White House officials and top Senate lawmakers of both the Republican and Democratic variety. The GOP-led Congress has only about a dozen joint working days left before the Sept. 29 deadline when the U.S. Treasury will no longer be able to afford the government’s bills unless lawmakers raise the debt ceiling.

Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin has been sounding the alarm bells for months to get Republican lawmakers to act, but they were too busy getting things done on health care. The Washington Post‘s Damian Paletta writes:

Mnuchin met Tuesday morning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), searching for ways to raise the debt ceiling, but the gathering ended without any progress — or even a clear sense of what the lawmakers

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As time runs out, Republicans still have no debt ceiling plan in place

Another day, another missed opportunity on Capitol Hill. That was the story of Tuesday’s debt-ceiling meeting between White House officials and top Senate lawmakers of both the Republican and Democratic variety. The GOP-led Congress has only about a dozen joint working days left before the Sept. 29 deadline when the U.S. Treasury will no longer be able to afford the government’s bills unless lawmakers raise the debt ceiling.

Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin has been sounding the alarm bells for months to get Republican lawmakers to act, but they were too busy getting things done on health care. The Washington Post‘s Damian Paletta writes:

Mnuchin met Tuesday morning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), searching for ways to raise the debt ceiling, but the gathering ended without any progress — or even a clear sense of what the lawmakers

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As time runs out, Republicans still have no debt ceiling plan in place

Another day, another missed opportunity on Capitol Hill. That was the story of Tuesday’s debt-ceiling meeting between White House officials and top Senate lawmakers of both the Republican and Democratic variety. The GOP-led Congress has only about a dozen joint working days left before the Sept. 29 deadline when the U.S. Treasury will no longer be able to afford the government’s bills unless lawmakers raise the debt ceiling.

Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin has been sounding the alarm bells for months to get Republican lawmakers to act, but they were too busy getting things done on health care. The Washington Post‘s Damian Paletta writes:

Mnuchin met Tuesday morning with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), searching for ways to raise the debt ceiling, but the gathering ended without any progress — or even a clear sense of what the lawmakers

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Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

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Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

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Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act

Donald Trump has tried bullying, mocking, threatening and … really that’s it. That’s the extent of his deal-making skills. That and proclaiming a do-over.

x

Trump has issued multiple tweets since the dramatic midnight vote that killed the “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act calling for the Senate to end the filibuster and give it another try. Which is both an interesting philosophical point, and a clear sign that Trump can’t count, as every attempt the Republicans have made so far has been under rules that required just fifty votes plus a Pence. 

This basic innumeracy isn’t keeping Trump’s budget director from even going the boss one better

The Senate should not vote on anything else until

Continue reading “Official policy of Trump White House: Senate should do nothing until it repeals Affordable Care Act”

Now that McConnell and Ryan have failed on Trumpcare, what happens to the debt ceiling

While the Republican Congress is dealing with the death throes of Trumpcare, there’s a really big thing that really has to be passed looming. And Republicans are divided on that, too.

Republicans are divided over whether to raise the debt ceiling before the August recess, with senators preferring to act soon and members of the more conservative House reluctant to take the contentious vote before the break. […]
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is considering work this week on approving President Donald Trump’s nominations, reauthorizing Food and Drug Administration user fees, the annual defense policy bill and veterans legislation allowing vets to access medical care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Senate GOP leaders might attach a debt ceiling increase to the veterans bill — though no final decision has been made and discussions are still largely at the staff level.

Either way, Senate Republicans have made

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Welcome back: Republicans return from recess to a field of legislative land mines

When Republican lawmakers left for their July 4 recess, they had produced no major legislative wins in the six months since taking over the government. Upon return, their predicament is way worse. The AP writes:

The GOP campaign to repeal Democrat Barack Obama’s health care law is bogged down in the Senate and flirting with collapse. Efforts to pass a budget are stuck, there’s no tax code overhaul package, spending bills are in limbo and it’s unclear how leaders will find the votes to avert a federal default.

That August recess can’t come soon enough! Which is exactly what some Republicans fear and are now angling to skip so they’re not caught vacationing while they torpedo the nation’s debt rating and shut down the government.

Really, folks, the next few weeks of legislating (if we can call it that) will be a total wonder. Nearly every bill the GOP needs or

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Sure, why not? Senate plans a debt ceiling vote in July too

Mitch McConnell’s Republican caucus is suddenly feeling pretty cocky. After crafting healthcare repeal legislation entirely behind closed doors and suffering no consequences for it other than the jabs of a few whiny GOP members who appear poised to vote for it anyway, they now say they’re going to take a debt ceiling vote too in July. Why not? Surely they’ve got all kinks worked out, right? Politico writes:

But House Republicans aren’t prepared to show their hand yet, although they also hope to resolve the issue before the August recess begins. Yet with a possible health care vote in July — if the Senate passes a bill — top House Republicans are worried that the two issues could become entangled politically, making two already difficult votes even tougher.

Though the Treasury Department has said Congress can likely wait until September to avoid default, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and

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Junior GOP senators weigh canceling August recess to jumpstart flailing agenda—good luck with that

As the month-long August recess approaches, congressional Republicans are growing more desperate by the day. For all those promises of health care repeal and tax reform and money magically raining down on their constituents once they had total control of Congress, they’ve got nothing to show for it but some regulation roll backs.

Their failure to advance the “mean” health care repeal bill otherwise known as Trumpcare has really stopped things up. They really need to get that on the books because making progress on tax reform and the 2018 budget resolution are both partially dependent on it. In order to pass health care through reconciliation rules that only require a simple majority, they need to use the vehicle that was set up in the 2017 budget resolution. The Hill writes:

With the party still sharply divided on healthcare and tax reform, it looks increasingly possible that Republican lawmakers will leave town

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