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Freedom Caucus chairman shrugs off Trump warning on 2018
Post Date: 2017-03-26 18:53:34 by Gatlin
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, says he's not worried about losing his seat in 2018 if the ObamaCare repeal plan fails. "I serve at the pleasure of the people of western North Carolina, and when you serve at their pleasure, it's only those 750,000 people that can send you home," Meadows told reporters Tuesday. "It's a temporary job, and I've known that from day one." Meadowss comments came minutes after President Trump addressed the GOP conference Tuesday, telling members that they could lose their seats and the House majority in 2018 if they fail to repeal and replace ObamaCare. ...
Freedom Caucus thwarts Boehner, Ryan — and now Trump
Post Date: 2017-03-26 17:45:00 by Gatlin
President Donald Trumps election was supposed to neuter the House Freedom Caucus, the band of three-dozen rabble-rousing conservatives who made their name vexing House GOP leadership and driving John Boehner into early retirement. So much for that idea. On Friday, the Freedom Caucus delivered enough votes to sink Trumps push to replace Obamacare, proving it can stymie not only another Republican speaker, but a new Republican president. It was not supposed to be this way. Trumps election, along with the return of Republican majorities to the House and Senate, appeared to marginalize the partys purist wing. Republicans elected their own bomb-thrower to the ...
Rep. Jim Jordan: Freedom Caucus ‘did country a favor” by keeping Obamacare
Post Date: 2017-03-26 17:03:16 by Gatlin
Rep. Jim Jordan said Sunday that he and fellow House conservatives may have done America a favor by derailing the Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Mr. Jordan, a leading member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, insisted that his group had remained true to its values in bucking the bill supported by President Trump. Maybe, by the fact we opposed it, we did the country a favor because this bill didnt repeal Obamacare, the Ohio Republican said on Fox News Sunday. This bill didnt do what we told the American people we were going to do. The failure of the health care bill, which was pulled Friday before a ...
Freedom Caucus' Jordan: End ObamaCare blaming, ‘Let’s get to work’
Post Date: 2017-03-26 16:42:10 by Gatlin
House Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan tried Sunday to end the blame being cast upon his group and others for Republicans failed ObamaCare overhaul bill, saying, Lets get to work. Instead of doing the blame game, lets get to work, Jordan, R-Ohio, said on Fox News Sunday. Lets do the responsible thing. Lets get back to work and do what we told the voters we were going to do. Much of the blame has been directed at the conservative group and its roughly 30 members, after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday realized he didnt have enough support for the bill in the GOP-led chamber and canceled the ...
How a secret Freedom Caucus pact brought down Obamacare repeal
Post Date: 2017-03-26 16:25:23 by Gatlin
The behind-the-scenes story of the staredown between a few dozen conservative true believers and a novice president. Speaker Paul Ryan and House leaders had been toiling behind closed doors for weeks assembling their Obamacare repeal bill as suspicion on the far-right simmered to a boil. So on March 7, just hours after Ryan unveiled a plan that confirmed its worst fears, the House Freedom Caucus rushed to devise a counterstrategy. The few dozen true believers knew that pressure from House leaders and President Donald Trump to fall in line would be immense and they were intent on not getting boxed in. In a conference room in the Rayburn House Office Building, the group met that evening ...
A Pathetic Figure Worthy of Nothing but Our Contempt
Post Date: 2017-03-26 13:15:09 by Deckard
That would be George W. Bush. He couldnt come crawling out from under his rock when a democrat was president, but now that a (presumably) outsider republican is the big cheese, look who shows up. It tells you the desperation of the elite when they bring out the man who would be tried for war crimes in about 180 countries. Whos next, Dick Cheney? Anyway, lets dive in: Former President George W. Bush on Wednesday warned against an isolationist tendency in the U.S. that he called dangerous to national security
Much of the world would have been thrilled had Bush held even a modicum of an isolationist tendency. And to speak ...
Trump and the Republicans, Business as Usual
Post Date: 2017-03-26 13:10:33 by Deckard
So far, Trump and the republicans are following perfect form: House Republicans abandoned their efforts to repeal and partially replace Obamacare after President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan couldnt wrangle enough votes
. It strikes me that Obama is more capable than Trump and Pelosi is more capable than Ryan; at least when Obama and Pelosi had a majority in both houses of congress, they could ramrod an unpopular bill through. Why did it fail? I will answer the question with a question: who in the electorate voted for replace? The voters for Trump wanted repeal. Republicans, when not in power, proposed a repeal bill at least ...
Trump White House Releases “Treason” Evidence Against Hillary. TAKE HER DOWN
Post Date: 2017-03-26 07:54:06 by HomerBohn
CNN and other mainstream media sites endlessly claim Trump worked with Russia to beat Clinton in the election, but the truth is finally coming out. Sean Spicer stated that there is probably more evidence that CNN conspired with Hillary Clintons campaign than any evidence indicating Trump had ties with Russia. (Watch video at link) During the press briefing at the White House on Thursday, Spicer stated that CNN claimed to have U.S. official sources that were looking into President Trumps alleged communications with Russia and its operatives to promote information against Hillary Clinton. And they cant deny they said this. CNN claimed that ...
Meet The “Neocons” That Every Libertarian Should Applaud And Embrace
Post Date: 2017-03-26 02:13:10 by Gatlin
Neocon has been the go-to pejorative in libertarian circles for many years, and deservedly so. The Bush Administration ripped up the Constitution, thrust the country in endless wars, and sent the debt through the roof. These policies were then aggressively continued during the Obama regime, but times are finally beginning to change. In the age of Trump, neocon influence is waning. His America First talk does not align with their agenda, and tensions are bubbling to the surface. The neocons are clearly working to undermine Trump, and their star within Republican circles is fading fast. They floated Evan McMullin as an Independent Presidential candidate for the sole purpose of ...
enger Freedom Caucus didn't want to compromise
Post Date: 2017-03-25 21:53:55 by Gatlin
On Libertarian Arrogance
Post Date: 2017-03-25 21:32:28 by Gatlin
Recently, I was privy to an exchange on social media that highlighted the intellectual and moral arrogance observed in many libertarians. Certain members of the Liberty Movement seem to be so sure of their superiority that they miss the authoritarian allure of a Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders. Turning a blind eye (or turning up our noses) at those we disagree with will not help advance the ideas about individual rights, the rule of law, benefits of markets, or any of the other foundations upon which so many of us base our worldviews if not our careers. Rather than dismiss those arguments that we happen to disagree with by claiming some de facto intellectual, empirical, or moral ...
Exclusive — Discussion About GOP Replacement to Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House Intensifies in White House, Congress
Post Date: 2017-03-25 21:25:05 by cranky
Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, after Ryan failed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House and misled the public and President Donald Trump when he promised repeatedly the bill would pass. Ryan was caught on an audio file from Octoberobtained by Breitbart News and published a couple weeks agosaying he is not going to defend Donald Trumpnot now, not in the future. While the audio file does not make the comments clear, Ryans staff later claimed that it was specifically about the Access Hollywood tape scandal from the ...
The health-care fiasco was not inevitable
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:35:30 by Gatlin
Today President Trump, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), moderate House Republicans and Freedom Caucus Republicans risk their jobs, their credibility and their agenda. How could this have gone differently, without the potential for political self-immolation? Consider some alternative scenarios. In the first, Trump could have stuck to his campaign populist themes. Rather than defer to Ryan and to Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price (whose plan was essentially what Ryan had in mind all along), he could have put forth a populist- styled plan: Keep the taxes on the rich, put additional money into funding state- based reinsurance plans for high-risk individuals, encourage insurers ...
‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s healthcare failure and the backlash ahead
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:31:03 by Gatlin
Republicans suffered a devastating defeat on Obamacare. But the pulling of the American Health Care Act could be a blessing in disguise for Trump. he James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House was crammed as usual but there was an extra frisson of suspense. As the press secretary, Sean Spicer, walked to the lectern, a conversation was unfolding just 27 paces away in the Oval Office. It would invalidate almost everything he said. Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House of Representatives, told Donald Trump the news he did not want to hear. Weeks of cajoling and arm-twisting to win over skeptics of their healthcare reform legislation had failed. Ryan asked the president to ...
THE HEALTH-CARE DEBACLE WAS A FAILURE OF CONSERVATISM
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:25:14 by Gatlin
Let the recriminations begin! Actually, the health-care-failure finger-pointing got under way well before Friday, when Donald Trump and Paul Ryan cancelled a House vote on the American Health Care Act. A day earlier, aides to the President let it be known that he had come to regret going along with Ryans idea of making health care his first legislative priority. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more of this blame shifting, and, in truth, there is plenty of blame to go around. Ryan failed to unify the House Republican caucus. Trumps staff allowed him to endorse a bill that made a mockery of his campaign pledge to provide health insurance for everybody. And Trump ...
Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:16:19 by Gatlin
President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump's first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. Democrats were unified against it. House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday cut off negotiations with Republicans ...
The Republicans Fold on Health Care
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:12:22 by Gatlin
The House abandoned its legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, handing President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan a major defeat. To a man and woman, nearly every one of the 237 Republicans elected to the House last November made the same promise to voters: Give us control of Congress and the White House, and we will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. On Friday, those lawmakers abandoned that effort, conceding that the Republican Partys core campaign pledge of the last seven years will go unfulfilled. I will not sugarcoat this: This is a disappointing day for us, House Speaker Paul Ryan said at a press conference after he informed Republicans that ...
Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face
Post Date: 2017-03-25 12:03:35 by Gatlin
WASHINGTON At the end of the long day, the alliance of conservative ideologues who once shut down the government over President Barack Obamas health care law could not find the will to repeal it. Since the Tea Party wave of 2010 that swept House Republicans into power, a raucous, intransigent and loosely aligned group of lawmakers known as the Freedom Caucus most from heavily Republican districts has often landed a punch to its own partys face. Click HERE to read the remainder of the article.
AFTMATT SEDENSKYEMATT SEDENSKYR HEALTH CARE BILL'S WITHDRAWAL, ELATION AND ANGER
Post Date: 2017-03-25 10:19:13 by Gatlin
NEW YORK (AP) -- Some Americans breathed a sigh of relief, others bubbled with frustration, and nearly all resigned themselves to the prospect that the latest chapter in the never-ending national debate over health care would not be the last. The withdrawal of the Republican-sponsored health bill in the face of likely defeat Friday in the U.S. House seemed to ensure that the deep divisions over the Affordable Care Act and its possible replacement will continue to simmer. As news spread, Americans fell into familiar camps, either happy to see a Democratic effort live another day, or eager to see Republicans regroup and follow through with their "repeal Obamacare" promises. ...
Fox's Stuart Varney: 'The Republican Party is a disgrace'
Post Date: 2017-03-25 07:24:48 by Gatlin
Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney scolded the GOP on Friday for struggling to repeal and replace ObamaCare despite controlling the House, Senate and White House. I personally believe at this moment in time the Republican Party is a disgrace, Varney declared during an interview with Juan Williams, a Fox News and The Hill contributor. "Im serious. I am serious. We elected the Republicans who run the House, the Senate, and the White House and the very, very first thing that comes up on the legislative agenda they vote no, theyre split. They cant do it. They cant govern. I am really fit to be tied." Varney also took aim at ...
How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse?
Post Date: 2017-03-25 06:54:50 by Gatlin
How bad was Friday's defeat of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives? Bad. Very bad. After a tumultuous week, it's worth stepping back for a bit of perspective. For the first time in 11 years, Republicans control the presidency and both chambers of the Congress. There are 44 more Republicans than Democrats in the House of Representatives. Republicans have been vociferously calling for repeal of President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms for seven years. The American Health Care Act was the first major piece of legislation pushed by the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress, a key political test early in the president's term, when he ...
DONALD TRUMP, PAUL RYAN AND THE REPUBLICANS LOST ON OBAMACARE. WHAT NOW?
Post Date: 2017-03-25 06:38:30 by Gatlin
When it came to bringing Republicans together to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trumps sweet talk, threats, horse trading and ultimatums were not enough. At some point, you can only do so much, a resigned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Friday. Despite last-minute changes, and an overnight delay, there were still too many Republican opposed to the White House-backed plan to unravel the 2010 health law known as Obamacare on Friday. Party leaders tried to appeal to conservatives by repealing requirements that health insurance plans cover essential benefits like maternity care and hospitalization, but opponents from the right-wing ...
Rand Paul used tips from ‘the Art of the Deal’ to defeat Trump’s replacement bill
Post Date: 2017-03-25 06:13:08 by Gatlin
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he was still optimistic for the repeal of Obamacare after being one of the foremost critics that helped defeat the GOP replacement bill Friday. He also talked about how he encouraged the Freedom Caucus to defeat the bill by using tips from President Trumps book, The Art of the Deal. He made the comments to Eric Bolling on Fox News. I want to show our audience a little piece of tape from earlier in the week, Bolling said, where you actually went to the House Freedom Caucus side, and I guess you were teaching them the Art of the Deal.' I brought you all a gift tonight, Paul said to the Freedom ...
Paul replaces Cruz as GOP agitator
Post Date: 2017-03-25 05:23:07 by Gatlin
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has replaced Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the prime conservative agitator in Congress. Paul is waging a public relations war against the House Republican healthcare reform legislation in the hope that he can bring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the measures champion, to the negotiating table. The Kentucky senator is betting that if he can convince a relatively small group of House conservatives to vote against the legislation, it will force House GOP leaders to back away from what he calls ObamaCare lite. Theres really no negotiating going on. Ryan is giving up nothing until he determines he doesnt have enough votes. If we get ...
Freedom Caucus Can Just Walk Away
Post Date: 2017-03-24 21:30:37 by Gatlin
Members of the House Freedom Caucus have shown they want the moon, or nothing, when considering reform of health-care policy. They arent going to get the moon, so what they should do is nothing. If they wont vote yes, they also should not vote no and not vote present either. Just put out a press release making all their usual assertions that everybody else is a weak-kneed coward unwilling to stand on principle, and then, in a great show of moral purity, walk out of the House chamber in protest just as the vote is being called. That way, they will be able to signal their disgust without actually killing the only extant vehicle to replace ...
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