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Paul Ryan
If they can't even deliver tax reform - what exactly are they here for?

With the GOP failing to score a solid win on healthcare, Republicans now seem to be under increasing pressure to deliver a win on taxes for their party and the White House before the midterm elections.

Being two of the GOP’s top priorities at the beginning of the year, there were high expectations for success on ObamaCare repeal and tax reform, considering the fact that the party is in control of the House, Senate, and the White House.

With the Senate failing to pass the GOP’s healthcare legislation, the stakes seem to be even higher for the party on tax reform.

Tax reform is “now increasingly important to the economy, and increasingly important to Republicans’ political prospects in the future,” said Grover Norquist, President of the Americans for Tax Reform.

According to Norquist, GOP lawmakers, especially those up for reelection, need to deliver “spectacular” tax reforms, given the setback they received on healthcare.

He further explained that the GOP had made promises about how an Obamacare repeal and replace would boost economic growth, showing the true value of a Republican government. Hence, the GOP tax reform needs to give an even better upsurge to the economy.

On Tuesday, prominent Republicans also emphasized on the importance of tax reform that would augment economic growth.

“Important for Senate GOP to stay at table. #obamacare is collapsing. Regardless we are moving forward on bold #taxreform this year,” Kevin Brady (R-Texas) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman and the man in charge of the tax reform bill in the House, posted on Twitter on Tuesday.

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) Senate Finance Committee Chairman, expressed concerns that the healthcare debacle could take up a lot of time lawmakers have for a tax reform effort. However, he said that he’s going to press the matter and push ahead.

“It’s always going to be difficult to do both,” Hatch said. “There’s nothing easy around here, and especially with the close numbers that we have.”

On the other hand, some are of the belief that the latest setback on healthcare could actually motivate lawmakers to get a win on taxes.

“I think probably it will make people even more determined to get tax reform,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said.

Former Finance Committee aide, Dean Zerbe, said he’s expecting a “more fervent effort” from the Republicans on tax reforms, following their failure on healthcare.

“People are going to be focused because they need a win on the board,” he said.

According to experts, a comprehensive tax reform bill will be very tough to draft if healthcare legislation isn’t ready.

For Congressional Republicans, it was important to get done and over with healthcare before they moved on to tax reform because they wanted to repeal certain ObamaCare taxes. Hence, if lawmakers plan on repealing any of the ObamaCare taxes as part of a tax reform, they’ll need to come up with something to pay for those tax cuts.

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Donald Trump
"Time to show these RINOs who's boss..."

On Wednesday, speaking to GOP senators at lunch in the White House, President Trump told the lawmakers that they should postpone their August recess and stay in Washington until a plan to repeal ObamaCare is put into effect.

“We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said. “We should hammer this out and get it done.”

President Trump further stressed that that only a repeal wouldn’t be enough, and that Republicans should effectively replace ObamaCare with a new legislation.

“We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,” he said.

“Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” he continued. “Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’

Trump further claimed that any GOP senator who votes against debating on a healthcare legislation is “fine with ObamaCare.”

The president’s opening comments at the lunch were open to the media and cable television was pretty quick to broadcast them.

At times, Trump seemed to adopt a more scolding tone; reminding lawmakers of the promises they’d made while campaigning. He urged them to fulfill all their campaign promises.

“Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare,” Trump said.

However, observers feel that some of the publically scolded Republican senators may not like how they’ve been blamed for the healthcare debacle. Many Republican lawmakers believe Trump himself failed to devise a proper strategy with regards to the healthcare proposal.

But, in his comments, Trump took aim at those senators, saying that they could trust him to sign a repeal bill.

“I’ve been here six months,” he stated. “I’m ready to act, pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office. I have pen in hand. You never had that before.”

Trump has previously shown his frustration with the Senate failing to deliver a much needed win on Trump’s major campaign promise: repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

The Senate, which is slated to begin its recess in the third week of August, failed to push forward a legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare, after a number of senators said that they would vote against debating the bill.

Trump’s comments on Wednesday, expressing his desire to repeal and replace Obamacare seem to have made the whole process even more confusing.

Only a day prior to the lunch at the White House, Trump said that the Congress should relax and “let ObamaCare fail.”

That too, after he took to Twitter on Monday to endorse the repeal-without-replace strategy.

“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” he wrote.

The Wednesday lunch at the White House was only missed by three GOP senators, Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Richard Burr (N.C.) and John McCain (Az.)

Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, excused himself from the meeting, saying that he is trying not to interact with the White House due to his panel’s ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US elections. John McCain was recently diagnosed with cancer after undergoing a minor surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

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John McCain
Something seemed off during McCain's questioning of James Comey... was that an early sign that something was off?

Sen. John McCain has recently been diagnosed with brain cancer and the sad news had its effects on a healthcare negotiations meeting set for Wednesday night.

During the meeting, more than a dozen GOP senators were led by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in prayers for the senator. And as the meeting ended, the senators were all concerned and praised their colleague for all he contributed.

Sen. John Hoeven said that he was “emotional and stunned” at the news. Similarly, there were many other comments including “shook” and “upset” and Sen. John Kennedy said that, “We stopped, and said a prayer for John and his family.”

One of the senator’s best friends, Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC.), was visibly upset and discussed the conversation he had with McCain on Wednesday. He said, “He says I’ve been through worse, so pray. …This disease has never had a more worthy opponent.”

On Wednesday night, McCain’s office officially announced that a brain tumor was found after the senator’s treatment to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. The announcement lead to offers of support and good wishes from both parties.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called McCain “a man who fought and bled and served our nation” and also praised his McCain’s after the GOP meeting. He further added, “All of us stopped. It was a sobering moment. John is someone we work with, we serve with, we respect and it is very sad news.”

McCain’s Democratic colleagues used social media to praise the senator, who is much respected by both parties.

President Obama tweeted, “cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell John.” President Obama served with Senator McCain and defeated him in the 2008 elections.

Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer added, “You are a true fighter [and] I’ll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.”

“You are a true fighter [and] I’ll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

The absence of Sen. McCain due to his surgery led to the postponement of a vote on the GOP’s healthcare plan to the next week. And while the GOP’s top priority is McCain’s health, they also fear that further absence would cause further delays in signing of the legislation.

Sen. Bob Corker told reporters after the GOP meeting that everyone is extremely worried about McCain’s health, “but you understand the math, so obviously makes things difficult.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), after praising McCain, further said that it “does complicate things and I just don’t know if he can be back next week.”

McCain’s absence from Washington leaves GOP leadership with an even narrower path to passing their bill.

Republicans are working hard to get a House-passed healthcare bill and are hoping to get most of the proceedings done early next week. GOP will only need a simple majority on the bill to have the legislation passed, and all votes would matter, and hence they are hoping for McCain’s return as they don’t want to lose such an important vote.

If the voting is in GOP’s favor, they would have a chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare and propose a new healthcare plan instead.

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No Vacation
I'd say "get back to work you lazy guys!" but every time Congress is in session, it seems they just produce more bad laws...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blames the Democratic Party, as he delays the August recess. McConnell announced the canceled of just about half of the Senate summer break, this Tuesday whilst stating that he will be needing lawmakers to continue to work, as they provide the Congress more time to thoroughly consider President Trump’s agenda, such as that on the issue of affordable healthcare.

McConnell argued that the Democratic Party’s opposition to just about everything that Trump and his administration proposes has made it very difficult for the congress to make to progress. He further argued that there is a lot to be within just a limited number of days, “There are other things that we have to do, and we only have a limited number of days left,” Mr. McConnell said. “We intend to fully utilize the first two weeks in August.”

“I think it’s just a realization: We have a lot of work to do and very little time, and the Democrats aren’t cooperating in the slightest,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican.

It is to be noted that the Democrats are trying their level best to produce hurdles for the Trump administration, every step of the way. While, former President Obama had 183 nominees confirmed at this point in his term, President Trump only has 46 confirmed out of some 178 nominations that he had submitted.

“We’re getting zero cooperation on the personnel part of the Senate’s portfolio, which is confirming nominations,” McConnell stated.

McConnell’s decision came as many Republican’s expressed that would not feel content during their time off, given that there are important things that need to be addressed.

“I don’t believe the Senate should go home if we haven’t do ne our job,” said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican.

The Democrats, on the other hand, strongly argued that the Republicans are pinning the blame for the delay and their failure to produce policies that take under account the best interests of the people of the United States.

“They’re struggling with health care. They don’t want to go home and face their constituents,” stated Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer. “So what Mitch McConnell’s trying to do is sort of say to them, ‘Well, if you don’t do it in two weeks, we may have to stay here,’” he added. And that, “the problem is not the timing; it’s the substance.”

The House Freedom Caucus further stressed upon the immediate need to resolve any issues hindering the Congress from making progress. “There are too many unresolved issues before Congress, including tax reform, health care, the debt ceiling, government funding and more, to leave Washington before the people’s work is done,” they stated. “It is imperative that the additional weeks are coupled with decisive action.”

Rick Manning, president of the group Americans for Limited Government stated that it time for the Democrats to end their “collective temper tantrum.”

“It’s time for the Democrats’ collective temper tantrum to end, and Sen. McConnell must continue to ratchet up the pressure so that President Trump’s nominees and agenda have a chance of being considered,” he stated.

With the healthcare bill on the very top of their list of things to do, the Congress has a lot of work to take care of before the fiscal year ends.

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Healthcare Troubles
New boss, same as the old boss?

While hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump responded to reporters’ questions about the Republican health care bill with a few short remarks. However, he did say that the health care bill will be a big surprise for everyone.

Talking to the group of baseball players who have just won the World Series, he asked, “Does anybody want to see the Oval Office?” the players laughed and replied affirmatively. Referring to the press, he said, “We’ll leave them behind.”

“And just to do a little official business,” Trump said to the reporters, “health care is working along very well.”

“We’re gonna have a big surprise with a great health care package,” he told them, “now they’re happy.”

“We’re gonna have a great, great surprise,” he said, as he walked away while reporters threw questions at him about the supposed surprise.

On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he had come up with a break through idea with president; splitting up the bill so it can easily pass through Congress.

The Republicans’ health care bill narrowly passed the House of Representatives, however, the Senate then decided to draft their own all over again.

The way the bill is being drafted has been criticized from both sides. Conservative Republicans are of the opinion that the new bill is simply “Obamacare lite” as it doesn’t really repeal Obamacare, while Democrats say the bill can prove to be dangerous and will literally kill thousands of Americans.

According to Bette Midler, the bill is equal to Bashar Al Assad, the Syrian dictator, killing his own citizen with toxic sarin gas.

Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) also claimed that the House of Representatives’ version of the bill would go on to bring “death, pain, and suffering.”

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Tale of Two Parties

This election cycle is turning into the Tale of Two Parties with a wild story that even Charles Dickens couldn’t imagine. Despite all the protests and negative news, the Republican Party is the one that is surprisingly benefiting from this crazy election.

It is without question that we are having the most unique and contested battle for President that any of us have ever seen. This election cycle will be quite historic and the people of America are speaking up, and speaking loud.

The Republicans have had more votes cast for Donald Trump up to this point than Romney had in total in 2012. That is impressive.

The Democrats and Hillary have spent millions and millions of dollars in order to capture fewer votes that she got in 2008 when she ran for president.

Despite the resistance of the Republican establishment to a Donald Trump presidency, he is performing incredibly well and has eliminated 16 other candidates from winning the nomination outright.

Hillary still hasn’t put away Bernie Sanders, and many of his loyal fans hate Hillary just as much as Trump. The Democratic Party is nervous about voter turnout and they should be. Not all of Bernie’s supporters are going to rally behind Hillary just because she’s a Democrat.

Hillary may be forced to add Bernie as her running mate just to have a chance at winning.

Trump is starting to really run away with this, and no matter what Ted Cruz does to peel off delegates like partnering with John Kasich to collude against Donald, it’s not going to help.

If the Republican Party were smart, it would see the writing on the wall and rally behind Trump. They would spend the next couple months grooming him to be ready for the general election and to be president. They would stop the infighting.

The Democrats have allowed felons to vote in Virginia and they are trying to find ways to add votes to the general election because they see the writing on the wall. This is going to be a blowout and the Republicans are missing their opportunity.

If the Republican establishment starts supporting Trump now, way ahead of the convention, then together than could increase his favorability ratings and lead him to the nomination and the Presidency. The votes are there. This is the best chance for a Republican to win in a long time.

On the other hand, this is the worst time to be a Democrat. Hillary, who is still under criminal investigation by the FBI, does not have the votes and the party is fractured like never before.

It is going to be interesting to watch how this Tale of Two Parties plays out.

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Ron Paul Rule

As a sign of how corrupt the political process is within political parties, the Republican Party will be forced to drop what is known as “Rule 40” if they want to stop Donald Trump from sweeping the nomination process.

Rule 40 came into play to stop the influence of Ron Paul delegates within the national convention.

The rule states that nominees must have won the majority of delegates in at least eight states to become eligible for a vote in the nomination contest.

This year, neither Ted Cruz nor Marco Rubio are likely to be able to break the eight state threshold which would make Donald Trump the automatic winner just as they’ve done with John McCain and Mitt Romney in the past.

The Establishment of the GOP won’t allow that.

In order to change the rule for Ron Paul, the party skirted their operating rules provided under Roberts Rules of Order, which only allows changes of rules and procedures to take effect after the close of the meeting. They then changed the rules to allow for “temporary rules” so they can simply write their own rules as needed.

Crazy corrupt.

That does not bode well for Trump, who will be hindered by parliamentary tricks dreamed up by Republican elites.

The party is expected to drop Rule 40 and could very well create new rules that would limit Trump’s participation or make the race more competitive for other candidates such as Cruz, Rubio or even House Speaker Paul Ryan (who is a favorite of a brokered convention).

Establishment leaders could literally ban a nominee based upon old age.

As is, Donald Trump will have to gain 56.8% support of the convention’s delegates in order to win.

While others will likely only have to gain 50%+1 to win, Trump will have to gain the support of the establishment “Super Delegates” who are highly unlikely to support the outsider.

If you are a member of the GOP, ask your state party leaders about these tricks and what they are planning to do to stop them.

Comment below.

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