Republicans again face defections on a top priority. This time, tax cuts.

Republicans are once again struggling to get the votes they need to pass one of their own top priorities—in this case, tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. The House needs to pass the Senate’s budget resolution to allow Senate Republicans to use reconciliation to pass the tax cuts with 51 rather than 60 votes. But there’s a sticking point in the House: Republicans from higher-taxed states are worried about the elimination of a provision that currently allows people to deduct their state and local taxes from their federal taxes.

“I need to know what the endgame is going to look like if I’m going to vote on it,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the bloc of concerned Republicans. MacArthur attended a White House meeting on the issue Tuesday where he said he “didn’t make the progress I had hoped for.” […]

Three

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Can Trump quit hurling insults long enough to unite Republicans around tax cuts for the rich?

The White House is gearing up to make an all-out push for that package of tax cuts for rich people that is Republicans’ last chance to end 2017 looking like they have a clue what they’re doing. The problem is, Donald Trump is once again getting in his own way. With Trump about to head to Capitol Hill for lunch with Senate Republicans, he’s feuding with Sen. Bob Corker—again. Corker went on the Today show Tuesday morning and ever so politely told Trump to butt out of the tax bill-writing process, saying:

“What I hope is going to happen is the president will leave this effort, if you will, to the tax-writing committees, let them do their work and not begin taking things off the table that ought to be debated in these committees at the proper time.”

That was in response to Trump promising no changes to 401(k) accounts.

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Paul Ryan: When we lose in 2018 it will be the Republican Senate’s fault

Fun times. While Senate Republicans are trying to contain Trump, and pretend like everything happening in America, 2017 is perfectly normal, House Speaker Paul Ryan is taking a big dump on Senate Republicans.

“If we don’t do our job we will depress turnout,” Ryan told the Wisconsin State Journal. “I am frustrated as well.”

Ryan blamed inaction on the Senate, which recently failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare.

“We’re pretty frustrated with the slow pace of things (in the Senate), but in the House, we’ve actually done most of our agenda except for welfare reform and tax reform,” he said. …

“The problem isn’t having President Trump sign bills into law and it isn’t getting bills out of the House—the problem is getting these bills through the Senate,” he said.

Sure, he says, there are “distractions” out there (not mentioning the distraction in chief’s name) “whether

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Republicans in disarray insist that fighting Trump is ‘healthy’

The first six months of the Trump presidency will go down as the least productive, most tumultuous ever for a unified government. The Republican House, Senate, and White House should be a juggernaut of dystopian productivity. Instead, we’re heading into the August recess with the Senate two weeks earlier than planned, having taken taken precautions to make sure Trump can’t make recess appointments while they’re away. What Republicans have managed to achieve in the past few months has been done without any help from the administration or to actually isolate and hamper Trump.

Among its more notable successes this year, and against Mr. Trump’s objections, Congress passed a tough Russia sanctions bill with a veto-proof majority, which the president begrudgingly signed this week. Congress also approved a law to help veterans get health care—a bipartisan, bicameral, messy but ultimately successful effort that came together with zero involvement from the administration.

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Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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Trump is not going to let Trumpcare go

It is now August. The House of Representatives got the hell out of town last week. Senate leadership is rushing to the doors. And popular vote loser Donald Trump is still having his Trumpcare tantrum.

While Republicans in the Senate have announced plans for bipartisan hearings on health care beginning when Congress returns to work after Labor Day, the White House is making clear that President Donald Trump continues to look for more immediate answers on a GOP health care bill that would involve getting only a majority of Republican votes in the Senate, as he meets Wednesday afternoon with one key GOP lawmaker, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. […]
Portman has made clear to reporters in recent days that while last week’s defeat of the GOP ‘skinny’ bill was a setback, he’s not ready to give up on the GOP figuring out how to get to 50 votes in

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Angered by deportation raids, Senate Democrats plan to grill next Trump Homeland Security pick

Democratic senators who voted for John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security apparently feel bamboozled by his department’s swift moves to ramp up deportation efforts, efforts which appear to be targeting longtime residents with greater aplomb than the “violent” undocumented residents Trump was supposedly intent on going after. That means that now that Kelly is abandoning the post for a new position as Trump’s head babysitter, those senators are feeling much less charitable about going along with whatever new Trump sycophant will be announced for the position.

“There’s going to be an opportunity to recap what they’ve done and why they’ve done it and see if we can make it so that families aren’t torn apart,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who backed Kelly’s nomination in the committee and the full Senate, told TPM Monday evening. […]
“We should take a look at exactly what has happened as

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Senate votes 92-5 to confirm Christopher Wray as new FBI head

By a vote of 92-5, the Senate voted this afternoon to confirm Trump pick Christopher Wray to be the nation’s new director of the FBI. Wray replaces James Comey, who was fired by Trump over the department’s investigations into Russian election hacking and potential ties to Trump’s presidential campaign.

Despite being elevated into the position by a president who, we repeat, fired Wray’s immediate predecessor over his department’s investigation of Trump’s own campaign and administration, the vote to confirm Wray was overwhelming; Democrats Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Ed Markey, and Kirsten Gillbrand were the only no votes; senators Burr, Franken and McCain were not present. Wray’s nomination was previously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous vote.

Wray, a former senior Justice Department official known for his low-key demeanor, pledged to lawmakers during his confirmation hearing that he would never pledge loyalty to the president and

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Bad news for Nevada Republican Dean Heller and good news for Democrats in new poll

Sen. Dean Heller cannot be having a good day. A new poll shows the Nevada Republican in serious trouble as he heads for his 2018 re-election bid. Public Policy Polling has zero good news for Heller, and some very good news for Democrats looking to unseat him.

  • Heller’s job performance approval is just 22 percent, with 55 percent disapproving.
  • Heller trails a generic Democratic opponent, 31 percent to 50 percent.
  • The poll was taken July 26 to 27, just before Heller voted (again) for Republican healthcare repeal plans. Asked if they approved or disapproved of “the Senate Republicans’ health care repeal and replace plan that is currently being debated, 54 percent of people said they disapproved. Again, and it can’t be emphasized enough, Heller voted for that plan.

To recap: Nevada voters don’t approve of the job Dean Heller is doing in Washington. They didn’t approve of it before

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Bad news for Nevada Republican Dean Heller and good news for Democrats in new poll

Sen. Dean Heller cannot be having a good day. A new poll shows the Nevada Republican in serious trouble as he heads for his 2018 re-election bid. Public Policy Polling has zero good news for Heller, and some very good news for Democrats looking to unseat him.

  • Heller’s job performance approval is just 22 percent, with 55 percent disapproving.
  • Heller trails a generic Democratic opponent, 31 percent to 50 percent.
  • The poll was taken July 26 to 27, just before Heller voted (again) for Republican healthcare repeal plans. Asked if they approved or disapproved of “the Senate Republicans’ health care repeal and replace plan that is currently being debated, 54 percent of people said they disapproved. Again, and it can’t be emphasized enough, Heller voted for that plan.

To recap: Nevada voters don’t approve of the job Dean Heller is doing in Washington. They didn’t approve of it before

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