The House is on recess and the Senate only has some nominations on the docket. McConnell and the president are lunching today though, and they're expected to discuss the budget resolution in the Senate and healthcare. The budget will serve as the vehicle for tax reform legislation, and we're expecting to vote-a-rama it on Thursday into Friday. McConnell's fate seems more and more in jeopardy as leader in the Senate. After golfing with the president, Lindsey Graham said on TV over the weekend that if they can't fulfill GOP campaign promises, they'll lose bigtime in the house and "it'll be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it". Can't imagine who would take over for him if that were to happen... I haven't heard much on healthcare this weekend, but I expect the Senate negotiators to spring into action this week to try and do something before the open enrollment period.
- Thad Cochran will NOT be back in the Senate this week (calling into question our budget resolution voting on Thursday).
- Sen. Mike Lee endorsed Roy Moore for Senate (because of course he did). He is currently the only sitting GOP member to do so.
- Rumors abound that IF Sec. Tillerson leaves his post/is fired that CIA Director Mike Pompeo will take his place as Secretary of State, and none other than Sen. Tom Cotton will take over the CIA. I'd like to see that happen this year in the Senate.....
Also some more fun reading on the corrupt swamp creatures in the cabinet this morning:
A warning about a potential Pence presidency:
And some juicy Russia-scandal news:
More to come on budget and healthcare later.
The Mystery Of Wilbur Ross' Missing Billions
Between the November election and January inauguration, Ross quietly moved a chunk of assets into trusts for his family members, leaving more than $2 billion off of his financial disclosure report—and therefore out of the public eye.
Somebody told the president that there's no such thing as the ACA anymore. That Obamacare is dead and gone. He just said that during his LIVE cabinet meeting. Pro tip: The ACA is still the law of the land. But maybe now he'll stop trying to get rid of it if he thinks it's already gone...
Just a quick update on Senate goings-on from my meeting:
- Budget resolution is still a go despite Cochran's absence. Menendez is also absent (his case will proceed with all 18 charges). We expect debate to begin on Tuesday for this, with vote-a-rama on Thursday. If they sense that the votes aren't there, they'll pull it.
- This work period is 5 weeks long, and there's no indication from the majority that they will do anything except nominations, this budget, and the supplemental aid package (potentially next week). THIS MEANS:
...will all be delayed until December 8. This is unacceptable, and so I think the theme this week and next when you call your Senators should be: Get to work and pass these urgent bills NOW. They have the time, they're just not inclined to do it. Another way to put it is this: you're willing to bastardize Senate rules to pass tax cuts for the mega-wealthy and raise the deficit, but you won't go through regular order to fix the sabotaged healthcare system, provide for CHIP's reauthorization, and maybe just START talking about funding the government after December 8?
There is time to do all of this, they're just not doing it.