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Friday, April 21, 2017

Will Trump’s Wounded Vanity Shut Down the Government?

He’s smarting over the fact that with 100 days coming up, he has zero legislative accomplishments. He’s reportedly ‘frantic’ to push through a deal-any deal-before the 100 days is up.

“So, he’s pushing the GOP Congress to revisit Obamacare repeal. There was talk about a possible replacement to Trumpcare yesterday. From what we know about this possible replacement is it would be even more draconian than the original-that kicked 24 million people off healthcare including 14 million losing their Medicare.”

“A frantic and impatient White House is pressuring House GOP leaders for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week so it can notch a legislative win before President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.”

“But while the outlines of a possible deal are starting to come together, it’s far from clear that House Republican leaders have found the sweet spot to pass their embattled alternative health plan.”

“The White House does not schedule House floor votes. And while some senior administration officials suggested Thursday that a vote will occur next week, multiple House GOP sources told POLITICO that is unlikely.”

“Indeed, the vote is not currently on the calendar. Nor do Republican insiders think it’s even possible, as Congress will reconvene Tuesday after a two-week Easter recess. That would leave them with one day to whip votes — an unlikely time frame for such a heavy legislative lift.”

“The question is whether it can get 216 votes in the House, and the answer isn’t clear at this time,” a senior GOP aide said. “There is no legislative text and therefore no agreement to do a whip count on.”

Obviously, Trump doesn’t feel very good about having the most unsuccessful first 100 days in American history since maybe William Henry Harrison-he died after 31 days.

But is he better off not passing a bill or passing a bill that is even worse than the original that had 17% popularity?

Meanwhile, Trump’s pique over his own ineffectiveness, is leading him to make demands that may shutdown the entire government.

“White House demands disrupt shutdown negotiations.”

“The Trump administration’s hard line is straining bipartisan talks to fund the government.”

“Congressional leaders’ efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration’s 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill teetering on the brink of collapse just a week before a government shutdown deadline.”

“The hard line taken by White House officials, particularly Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, has strained an emerging deal between House and Senate leaders that would skirt hot-button issues that could shut down the government. In particular, administration officials’ hopes of giving President Donald Trump a win during his first 100 days, such as border wall funding or a crackdown on sanctuary cities, have complicated what had been a relatively smooth, bicameral, bipartisan negotiation, according to staffers in both parties.”

“But Democrats are taking an aggressive stance, too, flatly insisting that Trump or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan make a commitment to funding Obamacare’s cost-sharing subsidies as a precondition to voting for any bill to fund the government through September. Democrats have also talked tough on ruling out funding for a wall or a provision restricting billions in federal grants from cities that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.”

“Negotiations are slow-going,” said a Republican aide familiar with the bargaining. “There is a deal to be had — a good one with wins for both parties, but I think with a new minority leader and a new president, anything can happen. … If we don’t get much progress by this weekend, bad news.”

“Republican leaders are desperate to avoid a shutdown after April 28, and Trump himself said on Thursday, “We wanna keep the government open.” But productive talks among McConnell, Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stalled over the last 24 hours after administration officials signaled they would dig in over wall funding.”

“Legislative text detailing the agreement that some lawmakers expected to be released late this week is now not expected until next week — if ever. To avoid a shutdown, Congress could also pass a one-week extension to give negotiators more time.”

“Congressional leaders “could have struck a deal” on a larger package, said a Senate Democratic aide. The White House’s involvement means hopes for a bipartisan agreement are “just getting murkier.”

Well there’s a fine 100 day legacy for Herr Trump. First President to shut down the Government within 100 days.

While Trump is threatening a shutdown over his terrible 100 day legacy, he’s at the same time saying the 100 day standard is fake news.

“President Donald Trump on Friday called the 100-day standard by which new occupants of the White House are judged “ridiculous” while at the same time insisting that his administration has accomplished “a lot” in its opening days.”

“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.”

No matter how much he accomplishes? He hasn’t passed a single bill.

Still, better not passing a single bill than passing Trumpcare 2.0 or shut down the government. But when has Trump ever listened to reason?

P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.

There is nothing more important in getting answers to Trump-Russia collusion than a Democratic House in 2019. Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House.

Thank you. We must have a Dem House. And so, we will.


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