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Senate GOP Reaches Tentative Deal For 10 Year, $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut

21 September 2017

Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-PA) trotted out the talking point that the USA immigration system is "fundamentally broken". The amendment, offered by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), would be a substitute for the American Health Care Act which passed through the House of Representatives in the spring.

Prior to the August recess and following a series of failures to repeal Obamacare - otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - it was reported that a group of congressional #republicans went to the White House to pitch more ideas about repealing Obamacare, again. If what emerges is a package that enacts border security enhancements the country actually needs while giving DACA protections the permanence of law, that is the kind of bipartisan problem-solving Americans should applaud.

Trump has shaken up the political establishment in many unsettling ways since becoming president. Rand Paul (R-KY).

Some Democratic activists had warned reporters and lawmakers that the Graham-Cassidy bill should not be ignored. "Ends Ocare!" he tweeted. Former Senator Rick Santorum told everyone that while the plan was "cutesy" (whatever that was supposed to mean), it didn't matter because "in Washington we need to propose things that can pass".

With Democrats unanimously opposed, Republicans commanding the Senate 52-48 would lose if just three GOP senators vote no. The early reception to the latest bill has been generally positive.

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The three-time Pro Bowler said afterwards that he felt good on Sunday, but didn't shy away from criticizing himself, either. While the rest of the Rams offense was clicking on all cylinders against the Colts, Gurley struggled to get anything going.

Recent discussions the president has had with congressional leaders suggest this is the case. At least five other Republicans are undecided on it: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, John McCain of Arizona and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

"GOP leaders can refuse to bring their bills to the floor of the House and Senate". Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. A hearing on the legislation was scheduled for next week after McCain had complained there weren't any. To satisfy Democrats, Trump had to tie the bill an increase in the USA borrowing limit for around three months - to the chagrin of 90 lawmakers in his own party that refused to back the bill.

Politico also reported on Sunday in an article titled: " 2 GOP heavyweights brawl over Obamacare bill" that Sen. Whilst the Graham-Cassidy amendment would deny health insurance to tens of millions of people, the Medicare-for-All proposal would ensure guaranteed healthcare to every person living in the United States. She has criticized the process, calling for bipartisan solutions to health care problems, and has taken issue with the proposal that may be worse for ME than the status quo.

The comments underscore the disconnect between some Republicans who feel a sense of urgency to push through a tax bill within three months and others who prefer a more deliberative approach. If anything, she was lauded by constituents and local press for her opposition in the face of great party pressure.

Losers - States that expanded Medicaid, including 17 with Republican governors.

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CDC declares no preference for one vaccine over another among the recommended, approved injectable influenza vaccines. There are a few children who can not receive the nasal spray and they will be offered the injection instead.

It's a different story at home, though.

While levels of trust for domestic and worldwide problems have improved since 2015, they haven't moved much since September 2016.

The prospective tax cuts are part of closed-door talks among 12 Senate Budget Committee Republicans who are drafting a fiscal 2018 budget measure needed to help the 100-member Senate pass a tax overhaul with as few as 51 Republicans votes and prevent Democrats from blocking the legislation.

Relations between the Trump White House and Republican leaders have become more fraught as the Republican Party failed to pass any big legislation, despite controlling both houses of Congress. Immigration has vexed the fractious Republican Party since President Ronald Reagan signed immigration reform in 1986, so it is unlikely that Congress will overcome its dysfunction to find common ground.

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It's also unclear just what kind of negotiation he thinks he's pursuing with North Korea. We'll find out over the next three years. "Who knows.

Senate GOP Reaches Tentative Deal For 10 Year, $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut