Senator John McCain has, again, weighed in to stop the repeal of Obamacare, this time citing procedural issues with how the bill is coming to the Senate floor. Senator McCain, (R) Arizona, said, in part:
“As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.”
The original health care bill was passed exclusively on partisan lines and was famously presented only hours before the vote, with Democrat Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi saying, “we have to pass the bill” before we could see what was in it. But Senator McCain’s desire for “bipartisan reform” could not be achieved unless Republicans agreed to simply bolster Obamacare, after having campaigned for 7 years on repealing the partisan health care plan.
Senator McCain joins Senator Rand Paul, (R) Tennessee, who opposes the bill on the grounds that it is a “fake repeal.” With the two Senators now in opposition, the actual passage of this bill, using a procedure that allows for only 51 votes, with the Vice President as the tie-breaker, is in severe doubt.
The outstanding question remains as to McCain’s true motives here, despite his comments and public statement. It would be obvious that Democrats would never join in any repeal and that to follow the procedures he prescribes would run out the clock on the ability to pass the bill with only 51 votes.
At this point, observers note, the GOP is unwilling or unable to deliver on any single one of its campaign promises. While Senator Rand Paul is arguing that this is a fake repeal, Senator McCain is going further away from repeal when he makes the issue procedural and demands more “partisanship” which could only be won the expense of abandoning repeal altogether.
Initial social media responses from conservatives were, predictably, quite hostile to the Senator. On the left, his stance was hailed as principled and noble.
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Petition to Expel Maxine Waters from Congress Reaches 100,000 Signatures
A petition on the official White House government website to expel Congresswoman Maxine Waters from the House of Representatives reached 100,000 signatures on Thursday. The petition, hosted through the ‘We the People’ function of the White House’s website established in 2011, reached the necessary amount of signatures required to receive an official response from the Executive Branch under the loosely-followed rules of the platform.
The petition made it clear that those who signed were appropriately calling upon Congress to act, as expulsion from the House of Representatives would require a 2/3rds majority of U.S Representatives to vote for it. The White House potentially could call upon Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to allow a vote on the expulsion.
The petition made its case for expulsion on the basis of Waters’ “calling for attacks and violence against all Trump officials,” in reference to Waters’ remarks at an open borders rally, when she told progressive agitators that “if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” Ironically enough, Waters’ demand that her followers badger and harass Trump administration personnel backfired badly, finding herself in turn overwhelmed with armies of conservative patriots demanding her impeachment during town halls held in her Los Angeles congressional district. Waters had also been confronted by Big League Politics’ Laura Loomer, and refused to retract her demands for the harassment of Trump supporters.
The President himself could be interested in calling for expulsion proceedings for Waters, based upon his own statements in regards to her history of aggressive, belligerent calls for personal attacks against her political opponents. In his most recent Montana rally, the President described Waters as being a “low IQ individual,” speculating that her IQ was probably somewhere around the mid-60’s. It’s even possible that some Congressional Democrats would find themselves relieved to be rid of one of the most deranged, insane, and hateful Members of Congress ever to serve in the House, allowing a vote on Water’s expulsion to reach a wide bipartisan majority.
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