Posted by: maboulette | April 27, 2017

Twitterstorm Trump Aims At Democrats on Spending Bill


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President Donald Trump on Thursday unleashed a tweetstorm of reproach of Democrats tangled in negotiations extremely tense on a spending bill to keep the government open, accusing them of wanting to close national parks and endanger the safety of U.S. troops over demands to provide Americans with health care.

TALKS REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS

The talks involving congressional Republicans and Democrats had proceeded relatively effortlessly after the White House had backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills and Trump dropped a demand for money for the border wall.

FUNDING BILL EXPIRES FRIDAY

A temporary funding bill expires Friday at midnight, and GOP leaders late Wednesday came out with a short-term spending bill through May 5 to prevent a government shutdown this weekend.

HOUSE AND SENATE

The House and Senate were widely expected to pass this measure on strong bipartisan votes to give mediators more time to work out their differences and avoid a humiliating shutdown on Trump’s 100th day in office Saturday.  In a series of tweets Thursday morning, the president lashed out at Democrats.

TRUMP TWEETED

“As families prepare for summer vacations in our National Parks – Democrats threaten to close them and shut down the government. Terrible!”

FOLLOWED WITH THIS TWEET

“Democrats jeopardizing the safety of our troops to bail out their donors from insurance companies. It is time to put #AmericaFirst,” he wrote.

GOP IN CONTROL OF BOTH CHAMBERS

Even with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House, the Trump administration is learning that Democrats retain momentous leverage when their votes are needed on must-pass legislation.

“I am optimistic that a final funding package will be completed soon,” said Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “It is time that this essential work is completed so that critical programs and activities, including national defense, are properly and adequately funded for the year.”

HOUSE GOP

House Republicans also had a breakthrough on their waning health care legislation when a key group of conservatives, the House Freedom Caucus, announced it would back a revised version of the bill. Their disagreement was a main ingredient in the legislation’s failure a month ago, an embarrassing episode for Republicans that called into question their ability to govern given that they’ve been promising for 7 years to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

NEW WRINKLE

A new wrinkle arose as Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the 2nd-ranking Democrat in the House, threatened to withhold votes for the spending bill if Republicans tried to push for a vote this week on a revived health care repeal.

HOYER STATEMENT

“If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well,” Hoyer said in a statement.

RYAN

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered no timing for a vote, telling reporters on Thursday, “we want to go when we’re ready to go.”

GOP DENT OF PENNSYLVANIA

One important moderate, GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, discharged the Freedom Caucus’ about-face as “a matter of blame-shifting and face-saving” for a bill going nowhere. Even if the legislation passes the House, it will face major hurdles in the Senate and is certain to be extensively reviewed if it survives at all.

CHANGES IN BILL

The changes in the bill would let states escape requirements under Obama’s health law that insurers charge healthy and seriously ill people the same rates, and cover a list of specified services like maternity care.

REP PELOSI

Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters that Republicans who back the health bill will regret it, calling it a “lose-lose-lose” situation. Polls show majority disapproval of the GOP alternative to the 2010 law.

PELOSI BLAME TRUMP

“Say they pass it, even worse … it’s largely unpassable in the Senate. Walk the plank for nothing. Thank you Mr. President,” Pelosi told reporters.

WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE

The White House has been exerting intense pressure on House GOP leaders to deliver any perceptible legislative accomplishments ahead of Trump’s 100-day mark Saturday, something that has yet to occur aside from Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

THIS SPENDING BILL

The spending measure, which would wrap together 11 unfinished spending bills into a single bill, represents the first real bipartisan legislation of Trump’s presidency.

DEMO VOTES ARE NEEDED

Democratic votes are needed to pass the measure over tea party opposition in the House and to provide enough support to clear a filibuster hurdle in the Senate, which has led negotiators to strip away controversial policy add-ons and ignore $18 billion in unpopular spending cuts submitted by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.

AGREEMENT FUZZY

The outlines of a potential agreement remained fuzzy, but aides familiar with the talks said Trump would emerge with border security money that’s unrelated to the wall and a $15 billion down payment for military readiness accounts on top of $578 billion in already-negotiated Pentagon funding. Democrats won funding for medical research, Pell Grants and foreign aid.

QUESTION

I have one question – who do these people work for?  You and I and they are not worried about how we feel.  I say that it is time for the Democrats to get phone calls and start standing up to Trump’s twitter storms.  We need a grownup for President.

 

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