Paul Ryan really hopes Senate Republicans give him one more shot at destroying health care

If Republicans can ram their latest assault on health care through the Senate, the House will face a take-it-or-leave-it situation, since the Senate’s ability to pass a bill with just 51 votes ends on September 30. But even though the House had trouble passing its own Obamacare repeal bill months ago, Speaker Paul Ryan says he and his caucus will take whatever the Senate sends them, because taking health care away from millions of people is just too important to worry about the details.

“We hope the Senate does pass Graham-Cassidy,” Ryan said. “We are encouraged at the development of Graham-Cassidy. And I am encouraging every senator to vote for Graham-Cassidy because it is our best last chance to get repeal and replace done. And I do believe it is a far greater improvement over the status quo.”

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows agreed that the

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House Democrats are raising big money aimed at winning in 2018

There are a lot of barriers to Democrats retaking the House in 2018—with Republican gerrymandering and voter suppression at the top of the list—but the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting up some very good fundraising numbers:

While their Republican counterparts haven’t yet released their August results, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has outraised Republicans each of the three previous months — a result Democrats say bodes well for their prospects of winning the House in the 2018 midterm elections. […]

The DCCC raised $6.26 million in August, compared to $4.15 million for August 2015, the last comparable year before a midterm election. Overall, the DCCC has raised $72.46 million in 2017. And the committee touted its online fundraising, which it says has totaled $31.26 million for the year so far, including $2.4 million last month.

Democrats will need bonkers fundraising to

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Republicans seize the Trump moment, plan to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

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This will not shock you. House Republicans are advancing legislation, H.R. 620, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 201, that would gut the landmark law that has allowed millions of Americans to participate in public life. The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law more than a quarter of a century ago, and has revolutionized life for many disabled Americans.

However, the job isn’t done and many more still face insurmountable barriers when it comes to accessing private businesses. Now Republicans are trying to push a change in favor of those businesses, putting the onus on their would-be customers to force them to comply with the law.

H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual

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Republicans in utter disarray over tax cuts plan

Two weeks, House Speaker Paul Ryan says, in two weeks Republicans will reveal all the tax cut details. Or maybe, you know, an outline. But definitely two weeks and it’ll all happen by the end of the year. We’ll have a new tax system in 2018 he says. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the guy in charge of writing the tax cuts plan in the Senate, says not so fast. Really, not so fast.

“Any forthcoming documents may be viewed as guidance or potential signposts for drafting legislation,” Mr. Hatch said.
After the hearing, Mr. Hatch was also muted about the prospects of a tax bill being enacted this year. Noting that it had been more than 30 years since the last big tax bill, he said, “Nobody’s convinced this can get done in a very short period of time.” […]

For its part, the Trump administration is moving

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House Republicans pass futile spending bill, leave for 11 days

In House Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts to show that the House has any relevance and that he does stuff, House Republicans passed a $1.2 trillion spending package that isn’t going to pass in the Senate. Then they recessed for the next 11 days. Anyway, back to that spending bill.

The 12-measure bundle, H.R. 3354 (115), would provide $1.2 trillion in government funding. But House leaders have yet to negotiate a politically feasible compromise with the Senate and — in particular — with Senate Democrats who can block spending bills on procedural votes. That means the legislation will not be signed into law by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. […]
“The appropriations package before us this morning puts the House on the right path to completing its annual appropriations work for the entire federal government,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)

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House Republicans pass futile spending bill, leave for 11 days

In House Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts to show that the House has any relevance and that he does stuff, House Republicans passed a $1.2 trillion spending package that isn’t going to pass in the Senate. Then they recessed for the next 11 days. Anyway, back to that spending bill.

The 12-measure bundle, H.R. 3354 (115), would provide $1.2 trillion in government funding. But House leaders have yet to negotiate a politically feasible compromise with the Senate and — in particular — with Senate Democrats who can block spending bills on procedural votes. That means the legislation will not be signed into law by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. […]
“The appropriations package before us this morning puts the House on the right path to completing its annual appropriations work for the entire federal government,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)

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House Republicans pass futile spending bill, leave for 11 days

In House Speaker Paul Ryan’s efforts to show that the House has any relevance and that he does stuff, House Republicans passed a $1.2 trillion spending package that isn’t going to pass in the Senate. Then they recessed for the next 11 days. Anyway, back to that spending bill.

The 12-measure bundle, H.R. 3354 (115), would provide $1.2 trillion in government funding. But House leaders have yet to negotiate a politically feasible compromise with the Senate and — in particular — with Senate Democrats who can block spending bills on procedural votes. That means the legislation will not be signed into law by the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1. […]
“The appropriations package before us this morning puts the House on the right path to completing its annual appropriations work for the entire federal government,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.)

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