President Trump cast doubt on avoiding a government shutdown, tweeting that he didn’t believe a deal could be reached with Democrats, and proceed to insult them at the same time.
Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017
So Democrats called his bluff and pulled out of their scheduled all show no tell meeting at the White House. The purpose of the meeting was to begin negotiations on a new spending bill before the government runs out of money next Friday on December 8. As part of a funding bill, Republicans want military spending caps lifted. Democrats want immigration protections for the Dreamers, the passage of Alexander-Murray to stabilize Obamacare markets, and re-authorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The problem with Trump’s threat is that Republicans can’t pass a spending bill without Democratic votes. In the Senate, they need a 60-vote majority to pass a bill due to Senate rules. But even in the House, Republicans have needed Democratic votes to overcome the stiff opposition on passing any budget that doesn’t cut spending on everything from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. This gives Democrats significant leverage in any negotiations. In fact, Democrats have no political incentive whatsoever to provide any votes for a new spending bill without getting major concessions from Republicans in return.
Democrats won’t be seen by voters as obstructionist since Republicans control both Congress and the White House. If Republicans can’t keep the government open, it will only highlight their continued inability to govern.
First Read: “The smart money is that Congress will pass a short funding bill that will set up a government-spending showdown right before Christmas. I don’t think so. Dems should demand it all and now.
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) November 29, 2017
The Senate Budget Committee has voted to advance the Senate tax bill by a 12-11 margins, with only Republicans voting in favor, CNBC reports.
“Republican Senate leaders want to pass the plan later this week. As it holds 52 seats, the GOP can lose only two votes and still approve the bill under special budget rules, assuming all Democrats and independents oppose it.”
Two key Senate Republicans — Bob Corker (R-TN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) — told the Wall Street Journal that they felt more optimistic about supporting the GOP tax bill, increasing its chances of passing later this week after getting advanced by a committee Tuesday.
Axios: Where the tax bill stands.
President Trump told Republican senators he would support a new deal to stabilize Obamacare markets in exchange for repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, the Washington Examiner reports.
“Trump met with the Republican conference on Tuesday during their weekly lunch to discuss tax reform legislation, which is expected to be brought up for a vote as early as this week. Several senators said after the lunch that Trump gave his support to a deal to stabilize the law’s exchanges, brokered by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA).”
— Blue Delaware (@Blue_Delaware) November 29, 2017
Jonathan Chait: “The party has been organized for more than a quarter-century around the dogma of tax-cutting. Whatever hatred Republicans were able to build up against Obamacare starting in 2009, it cannot match the cumulative effect of 30 years of voodoo-economics dogma. The party’s entire governing class believes both that rich people are unfairly targeted by progressive taxation, and that tax-cutting will absolutely and necessarily generate prosperity. A handful of conservative dissidents question this theology, but they remain marginal to conservative thinking.”
“Cutting taxes for the affluent is truly what Republican politicians got into this business to do. In this way, it is more like the struggle to pass Obamacare than the struggle to repeal it. Democrats were willing to take risks to pass the law in 2010 because helping people get insurance is a core of their public mission.”
“A federal judge refused to block President Trump’s choice of budget director Mick Mulvaney from serving as acting director of the prominent federal consumer watchdog agency, denying a request by Leandra English, the No. 2 official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve in his stead,” the Washington Post reports.
From light to darkness, an American Horror Story. pic.twitter.com/YlCgAr7k5s
— BWD 🤢 (@IrisRimon) November 28, 2017
The Senate confirmed Trump legal adviser Gregory Katsas “to serve on what is often described as America’s second highest court,” ABC News reports.
The vote to confirm was 50 to 48, with all Democrats present and Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) opposed.
“Katsas has worked on some of the president’s most contentious decisions, including his executive orders restricting travel for citizens of predominantly Muslim countries and his decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation.”
Jonathan Swan: “Katsas is the 9th judge Trump has placed on the federal bench. Barack Obama confirmed just three federal judges in his first year. Ronald Reagan had previously confirmed the most in recent history, with eight in his first year.”
Adding fuel to its growing feud with President Trump, CNN told Politico it will be boycotting the White House Christmas party for the media this year.
From a statement: “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded: “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from CNN.”
— Satan's Toast (@SatansToast) November 29, 2017
According to Jason330 and his fellow Pelosi-supporting misogynists at the other site, she got it perfect the first time. In fact, if she is to be criticized, it is because she was not more forceful in her support of Conyers.
“The political future of Congress’s longest-serving member, Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), appeared precarious late Tuesday as leaders pressured him to resign over allegations he sexually harassed multiple female aides,” the Washington Post reports.
“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are encouraging the veteran lawmaker to step down as soon as this week after a fourth accuser came forward Tuesday morning.”
Detroit News: Calls for Conyers to resign intensify.
Good. It is time for him and Franken to resign and for Jason330 and his fellow Pelosi-supporting misogynists at the other site to admit their horrible failings in defending and excusing sex harassers.
New York Times: “As the issue of sexual harassment has swept through the news media, politics and entertainment industries, Mr. Trump has persisted in denying allegations that he, too, made unwanted advances on multiple women in past years. In recent days, he has continued to seed doubt about his appearance on the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, stunning his advisers.”
“Mr. Trump’s falsehoods… are part of his lifelong habit of attempting to create and sell his own version of reality. Advisers say he continues to privately harbor a handful of conspiracy theories that have no grounding in fact.”
“Mr. Trump’s journeys into the realm of manufactured facts have been frequent enough that his own staff has sought to nudge friendly lawmakers to ask questions of Mr. Trump in meetings that will steer him toward safer terrain.”
The Incredibly And Historically Unstable First Year Of Trump’s Cabinet https://t.co/sQU2ZJyyHN
— oneFive38 (@oneFive38) November 29, 2017
“One day after a group of local Republicans met privately with Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) about a nude photo of him that ended up online — and his political future — a number of Tarrant County Republicans are calling on the longtime congressman to not seek re-election,” the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
“Barton told the crowd that he’s gathering feedback and that a consulting firm is polling many party faithful to see if his behavior and the nude photos would make a difference in whether they would support him in the primary election next year.”
A new Change Research survey in Alabama finds Roy Moore (R) has regained his lead over Doug Jones (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 49% to 44%.
“What has changed? The largest difference is turnout: many Republicans who ten days ago said they might not vote, now say they plan to show up on Election Day and vote for Moore.”
Also important: “Compared to ten days ago, fewer Republicans believe the allegations against Moore. While all voters believed the allegations by a 46–30 margin ten days ago, they now believe them by only 42–38. Among Trump voters, the split was 16–51 (believe-don’t believe) in the middle of the month, and it’s 9–63 now.”
The Senate Republican tax bill creates more problems than it solves: https://t.co/1JH6ctyKSL
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 28, 2017
Stuart Rothenberg: “I’ve been watching evangelical voting behavior since I worked for Paul Weyrich’s Free Congress Foundation in the 1980s, and I’ve come to believe that, in most cases (though certainly not all), white evangelicals get their religion from their politics, not their politics from their religion.”
“That is, many evangelicals are first and foremost political conservatives drawn to a church (or a pastor) that confirms their worldviews and, in turn, their political views.”
“They gravitate to evangelical, fundamentalist and Pentecostal churches that are spread across the American landscape, particularly in rural and small-town America, because those churches hold views about the Bible and human behavior that are traditional rather than pragmatic. Not surprisingly, most of those church members are politically conservative, particularly on social/cultural issues but increasingly also on the role of government.”