Senate Democrats Look to Hammer GOP on Health Care
Jun 09 2018
"I think he's way too intelligent to get us into a trade war".
Corker presented the bill behind closed doors to Republican senators Tuesday, to what several said was a positive response, and is targeting the annual must-pass defense policy bill - which the Senate will take up Wednesday and pass early next week - as the way to push the proposal into law.
Democrats nursing long-shot hopes of winning Senate control in the November elections have 26 incumbents facing re-election, including two independents allied with them.
And Democrats say it's a political move since the new schedule paves the way for GOP candidates to have the states to themselves during the break. Republicans have nine on the ballot.
McConnell's office says it's expected that during the first full week of August, senators will be away from Washington before returning for the remainder of the month.
It's a longshot legislative strategy, but the group is working quickly to try to produce an amendment in time for an upcoming debate on a separate defense bill. John McCain, R-Ariz., undergoes treatment for brain cancer in his home state.
In fact, the progressive wing's embrace of the plan could reveal that McConnell's real reason for keeping senators in Washington wasn't about harming Democrats up for reelection, but protecting Republicans in the same situation.
"We Democrats welcome this additional time", Schumer told reporters after McConnell's announcement, "because it gives us the opportunity to address an issue that's on the top of the mind of so numerous American people and one that Republicans have badly mishandled up until this point: health care".
"It's going to get worse and worse and worse ... unless we step up as the [Democratic] leader has suggested and have a positive proactive agenda in August to make health care more affordable for all Americans", Reed said.
Democratic co-sponsors include Mark Warner of Virginia, Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. The majority of Republican senators and representatives have confirmed Trump's nominees, agreed to blow up the U.S. deficit, and generally declined to comment on unsavory details about his personal life. The argument over Senate procedure led to accusations that some Republican senators were trying to "mansplain" the rules to the state's female lieutenant governor. They hold a slim 51-49 advantage. He was heading to the White House later Tuesday for talks.
"Senate Republicans are running scared", Quigley concluded.
A more favorable Senate map has given them greater confidence about holding on to the upper chamber of Congress.
U.S. House Rep. Tom Marino spokesman Mike Barley added that "Our country is continuing to dig out of the hole that former President Obama and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi put us in".
But the Tennessee Republican told Trump that he planned to press ahead, even as the Senate Foreign Relations chairman acknowledged that some of his colleagues were "fearful" of crossing the President despite their objections to his tariff policy.
"We have a lot of important work to do as a result of unprecedented obstruction", the Kentucky Republican told reporters, referring to Democratic senators have been using procedural tools in order to delay some of the president's nominees.