There is no reason to delay Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing. Obamacare repeal might not happen until spring.

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There is no reason to delay Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing.  Obamacare repeal might not happen until spring.

The Heritage Foundation
Feb. 7, 2017
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Obamacare repeal might not happen until spring.
It looks increasingly likely that Congress won’t vote on legislation to repeal Obamacare until March or April. The delay isn’t going over well with conservatives such as Rep. Jim Jordan. He’s also pushing back at Republican messaging to “repair” the health law. “Repair by definition implies that there’s something worth fixing. I would argue Obamacare is so bad, you got to get rid of every single bit of it. Every tax, every regulation, every mandate,” said Jordan. Meanwhile, Trump appears willing to wait a little longer for a replacement plan. Backing away from his earlier insistence that an Obamacare replacement must be enacted at the same time as repeal, he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that it may now happen “sometime in the next year.” Heritage experts believe Congress must act swiftly to repeal Obamacare now.
Refugee order has ironclad national security rationale.
On Friday, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s pause on refugees from seven terror-prone nations, siding with two states that have also challenged the executive order. Incidentally, on the same day, an Egyptian-born United Arab Emirates resident traveling on a tourist visa and wielding a machete was shot by French police after injuring one soldier at the Louvre in Paris. It’s important that conservatives stay focused on the ironclad national security rationale backing the president’s policy. Heritage’s James Carafano, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies and E.W. Richardson fellow, writes about the truth on the refugee travel delay, and David Inserra, a Heritage policy analyst, breaks down how the refugee vetting process works.
There is no reason to delay Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing.
Since his Supreme Court nomination, Judge Neil Gorsuch has received praise from all corners of Washington, yet Senate Democrats remain determined to derail it (despite voting unanimously for his confirmation in 2006). Last week, Trump urged Senate Republicans to deploy the “nuclear option” if Senate Democrats decide to filibuster Gorsuch’s confirmation. Two former Senate staffers now at Heritage, James Wallner and Ed Corrigan, recently explained the “two-speech rule,” an approach for confirming Gorsuch that preserves the filibuster. In addition, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in The Daily Signal that “We’re not going to delay this hearing, especially in the face of all of these attacks on his record and character.” Grassley also laid out a timeline for Gorsuch’s confirmation. He hopes to have it complete by mid-April, allowing Gorsuch to hear cases during the Supreme Court’s last seating.


Wednesday at 10 a.m., Heritage will host a media breakfast with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah; Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.; and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to call for the immediate repeal of Obamacare. Read more here.
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Peter Brookes, senior fellow with Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, discussed Russia’s relationship and intentions for the U.S. on Fox Business’ “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Watch the interview.
James Carafano, vice president of Heritage’s foreign and defense policy studies and E.W. Richardson fellow, debated a New York Times op-ed columnist on Trump’s refugee order on CNN’s “Newsroom with Poppy Harlow.” Watch the interview.
Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Thatcher Center for Freedom, talked about Trump’s executive order on refugees and the liberal community against it on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” Watch the interview.
Gardiner also appeared on Fox Business’ “Making Money with Charles Payne” to discuss the Iran nuclear deal. Watch the interview.


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