Daily Bellwether -> Pelosi, It’s Armageddon! + Schumer: Obamacare Bailout Will Pass, ‘Put It on the Floor Immediately’

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Daily Bellwether -> Pelosi, It’s Armageddon! + Schumer: Obamacare Bailout Will Pass, ‘Put It on the Floor Immediately’

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Schumer: Obamacare Bailout Will Pass,
'Put It on the Floor Immediately'

Schumer: Obamacare Bailout Will Pass, ‘Put It on the Floor Immediately’

Despite uncertain support from President Donald Trump for the bipartisan Senate bill to stabilize the Obamacare insurance markets, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to swiftly bring a vote on it to the Senate floor this week. “Look, this is a good compromise, it took months to work out – it has a majority, it has 60 senators supporting it, we have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans,” Schumer told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I would urge Sen. McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week.” Sen. McConnell told … Read More

Senate Passes Budget Blueprint in
Crucial Step for Tax Overhaul

Senate Passes Budget Blueprint in Crucial Step for Tax Overhaul

Senate Republicans powered their budget through Thursday night, adopting the fiscal year 2018 plan that would clear the path to get a massive tax deal done relying only on GOP votes, setting the stage for Republicans’ next big-ticket agenda item. The budget passed on a 51-49 vote. While the vote is far from a guarantee of success for tax reform, it’s a crucial first step that GOP leaders had to clear. “Tonight we completed the first step toward replacing our broken tax code by passing a comprehensive, fiscally responsible budget that will help put the federal government on a path to balance,” said … Read More

Obama Returns to Campaign Trail with
Virginia, New Jersey Events

Obama Returns to Campaign Trail with Virginia, New Jersey Events

President Obama hit the campaign trail Thursday for the first time since leaving office in January, calling on voters to rally behind the Democratic nominees for governor in New Jersey and Virginia. The appearances on behalf of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia and Phil Murphy, a onetime Goldman Sachs banker running in New Jersey, served as a reminder of Mr. Obama’s enduring star power in liberal-leaning states and among black voters, but Democrats said they hope his appeal will go well beyond those boundaries. “The question for 2018 isn’t going to be how much of his time our candidates want, but how much … Read More

Pelosi: Trump’s Tax Bill Is
‘Armageddon’

Pelosi: Trump’s Tax Bill Is ‘Armageddon’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the Republican Party’s proposed plan to cut taxes is “Armageddon.” Pelosi, appearing on MSNBC’s “AM Joy,” said, “And in any case, we have to fight–this tax bill is Armageddon. That is it. This hurts the middle class. It’s an opportunity to cost our investments in our budget. We’re for a better deal and better jobs and better pay, a better future and we must reject the Republican tax plan. That’s our task at hand.” The Republican tax bill is still under construction but is expected to be a very large tax … Read More

Maine Puts Question of Obamacare
Subsidies Directly to State Voters

Maine Puts Question of Obamacare Subsidies Directly to State Voters

Maine voters will decide in November whether to expand their Medicaid rolls under Obamacare, offering a major test of the public’s appetite for government-funded insurance as Congress decides whether to rein in or build on the 2010 law that swelled the federal footprint in health care. The Maine Legislature has tried five times to grab federal dollars that let states extend the insurance program for the poor to more able-bodied adults. Yet Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed each try, saying the expansion would bust the state budget and offer a new form of welfare instead of focusing Medicaid’s resources on the truly needy. Fed up, signature-gatherers … Read More

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