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The Better Care Reconciliation Act Cannot Pass Without 60 Votes

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) tried to use what is known as the “budget reconciliation process” to pass the GOP healthcare plan without any support from Democrats. The budget reconciliation process is not limitless. It only allows measures that directly impact the federal budget by either cutting spending or increasing revenue, to be considered with the lower voting threshold.

What Happened Friday?

Friday, the Senate parliamentarian, announced her assessment of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Senate parliamentarian is considered a nonpartisan Senate employee. The parliamentarian’s job is to evaluate legislation to be sure it is in compliance with Senate rules.

In the case of the BCRA, the bill has to meet specific standards set out for the use of the budget reconciliation process. The Senate’s Byrd Rule makes sure that policies passed using reconciliation directly affect the federal budget by either reducing spending or increasing revenue. For the Senate to pass legislation with only 51 votes, they must use the budget reconciliation process and must, therefore, comply with the Byrd Rule.

Friday, the Senate parliamentarian’s assessment was posted online, showing that some provisions of the BCRA do not comply with the Byrd Rule. This means that those non-compliant provisions would either need to be removed from the bill or the bill would require 60 votes to pass.

So What Was Non-Compliant

The Senate parliamentarian found that the critical replacement for Obamacare’s individual mandate was not compliant with the Byrd Rule. That plan would effectively punish individuals who go more than a month without coverage by imposing a 6-month delay for new coverage to take effect. This provision is crucial to stabilizing costs for the sick and elderly by incentivizing healthy individuals to purchase coverage.

Another provision that does not comply with the Byrd rule relates to the BCRA’s treatment of Obamacare’s cost-sharing reductions. This provision was also crucial for market stabilization.

Also considered non-compliant are two clauses that conservatives demand; the de-funding of Planned Parenthood and restrictions on federal tax subsidies paying for health insurance that covers abortions. Because these provisions do not comply with the Byrd rule, they would need 60 votes to move forward, and Democrats will not vote for these rules.

The Cruz amendment, a provision that would allow insurers to sell bare bones plans that do not comply with regulatory standards if they sell at least one program that is in compliance with regulation, has not yet been evaluated by the Senate parliamentarian.

So What Does it Mean?

The BCRA was on shaky ground before this announcement. Senate leadership has been unable to secure enough Republican support to move the bill forward. The news that key provisions do not comply with the Byrd rule will likely serve to make the road to 50 votes even more challenging.

The Senate parliamentarian does not have the power to enforce her findings, and some GOP lawmakers have suggested ignoring them. However, most senior Republicans have opposed that suggestion as it sets a dangerous precedent for the budget reconciliation process.

Mitch McConnell does have one other option. He could once again choose the “nuclear” option.

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BREAKING: FBI Finally Finds Motive For Vegas Shooting And Its Not What ANYONE Expected

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An FBI insider has revealed to LLOD correspondent in Washington, Cynthia Luwhoe, that the Vegas division has found concrete evidence of what Scott Paddock, 64, had going on in his head when he fired thousands of rounds into a crowd of people.
Some have speculated that he may be involved with ISIS or perhaps a “lone-wolf” gunman. Some thought he was a patsy in a Soros-inspired coverup. In reality, it seems, Paddock was in search of justice for his long-time lover and friend, a man named Ron Goldman:

“The Vegas bureau has found concrete evidence that Steve Paddock was involved romantically with Ron Goldman at the time Goldman was murdered by OJ Simpson. Simpson had announced that the first thing he was going to do when he got out was take in a concert on the strip and get a shrimp cocktail. We believe that Paddock spotted OJ Simpson in the crowd and opened fire.”

Simpson, who has already admitted he was not only there but in the middle of where the bulk of the people were killed, said had he not hidden under a “really large dead white woman” that he would surely have died as well. It would appear that this senseless act of violence was even more senseless than we thought.

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BREAKING: Fox News Just Fired Their Most Controversial Anchor

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Fox News has finally had enough of one of their most controversial anchors. After speaking out against President Trump on multiple occasions and embarrassing the network publicly, Shep Smith has been given his walking papers.

Rupert Murdoch, head honcho at Fox, told insiders that Shep was let go for his obvious disrespect for President Trump, his unscripted outbursts on live television and allowing his personal life to interfere with his television persona:

“Shep has shown that he’s not the kind of anchor suitable for the Fox News audience. While we respect his right to have a liberal opinion and his right to choose his sexual orientation, our viewers don’t need to be exposed to it. Maybe Shep can go work for MSNBC and get a show with Rachel Maddow.”

Shep’s contract isn’t up for another three months but Murdoch has decided he’d rather give him some free cash than have him on the network any longer. there’s no word yet on who Fox will promote to anchor to fill Smith’s shoes.

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SHOCKING!! OBAMA Just Made a RACIST Announcement! THIS IS BAD!

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Barack Obama can’t get over the fact that he’s not in the office anymore.

He thinks that he’s still the President and keeps doing things like one.

He joined forces with Chance the Rapper and Steph Curry in a new PSA, and it’s totally racist.

Obama’s Foundation may have already pushed itself into oblivion with this racially divided message, but the people will have to decide by themselves after learning more about it now. Obama shared his PSA movie for his new foundation “My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) which encourages mentorship and opportunities for young boys and men of color.

According to our source, Freedom Daily, this charity only accepts males of color and eliminates the opportunity for everyone else. The PSA features a speech which Obama gave in 2015. “I want you to know, you matter. There is nothing, not a single thing, that’s more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams.” Then the video continues where the Golden State Warrior’s superstar Steph Curry stares at his phone watching a video and repeats the words that were said before. “We’re the ones to inspire our generation, to rise up and stand for the idea of opportunity for everyone.”

Barack Obama is racist, and his pal, Henry Louis Gates. We shouldn’t let these two convince us that only white people are racist. Sgt. Crowley investigated a possible burglary at Prof. Gates’ Cambridge home this week. Gates met a white cop at his door and assumed that he was a racist cop that would treat him differently because he is black.

He was uncooperative, impolite, irrational, throwing racial slurs at the white cop, even insulting the cop’s mother. He accused a decent, above-reproach police officer of being a racist cop, just because he was white. What a shame.

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Jenna Bush Hager Unleashes on Miserable Team Trump: ‘They Represent the Worst of Humankind’

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“THIS IS NOT THE AMERICA I KNOW…”

Powerful words from the daughter of our last Republican president, George W. Bush.

Jenna’s powerful message via Twitter was part of the growing wave of opposition against Trump’s unconstitutional travel ban. And while there are many Republicans who have become outspoken critics of the ban, the fact that Jenna is the daughter of the first former Republican president, coupled with her current position as an NBC News correspondent, brings an added weight to her belief.

The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about,” she tweeted. “Islam is peace.”

AMERICA COUNTS MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS AMONGST OUR CITIZENS, AND MUSLIMS MAKE AN INCREDIBLY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR SOCIETY. MUSLIMS ARE DOCTORS, LAWYERS, LAW PROFESSORS, MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY, ENTREPRENEURS, SHOP KEEPERS, MOMS AND DADS. AND THEY NEED TO BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. IN OUR ANGER AND EMOTION, OUR FELLOW AMERICANS MUST TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT.

Her message closed with a pointed condemnation of those who would devalue Muslims, labeling or treating them as less than Americans. “Those who feel like they can intimidate our fellow citizens to take out their anger don’t represent the best of America, they represent the worst of humankind, and they should be ashamed of that kind of behavior.”

Wow – a stunning, beautifully-worded, passionate message from a Republican who happens to understand the foundational principles of our great republic. Thank you, Jenna!

 

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Special Prosecutor Mueller Just Opened An Investigation into Kellyanne Conway

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KellyAnne Conway may finally have gone too far. Her attacks last week on Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones, the Democratic opponent of Republican alleged child molester Roy Moore, brought on charges that her politically motivated rant was a violation of the Hatch Act which prevents executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities as part of their official duties.

Now, The Hill is reporting that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s office is opening up a case file to investigate the matter. The former director of the Office of Government Ethics under President Obama, Walter Shaub, filed a complaint against Conway with Mueller’s office last week after the White House defended her diatribe against Jones by claiming that her comments on Jones were merely part of her supporting the President’s agenda.

“Ms. Conway did not advocate for or against the election of a candidate, and specifically declined to encourage Alabamans to vote a certain way,” Raj Shah, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said in a statement.

“She was speaking about issues and her support for the President’s agenda. This election is for the people of Alabama to decide.”

The former Ethics Chief Shaub explained on Twitter what he thought of that excuse:

Having successfully brought the Special Prosecutor’s attention to yet another flagrant violation of federal law by a Trump administration senior advisor, Shaub has shown that, even after resigning his seat as director of the agency policing ethics violations in protest over the refusal of the executive branch to hand over copies of the ethics waivers it had issued to former-lobbyists joining the administration, he can still effectively pressure the administration over its misdeeds from his seat in the civilian world.

The addition of Conway’s Hatch Act violation to the litany of issues being probed by Mueller and his associates means that the grand juries will be extremely busy in the weeks and months ahead. Hopefully, Santa will be bringing indictments before the holidays.

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JUST IN: Prince Harry Just Hit Trump With Some Devastating News

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The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is in full swing planning mode for the spring, and it looks like President Trump will not be receiving an invitation. The UK Government hasn’t officially commented on the guest list, but it does not seem likely that Trump will be invited.

Since Markle is an American citizen, it would be typically expected that she would invite the President, but the couple have reportedly been overly critical of Trump, with US Weekly reporting that the Prince “is not a fan” of Trump, and Markle also threatened to leave the US if he became President.

Newsweek commented that “If Trump were to appear at Prince Harry’s wedding in spring 2018, it would likely spark protests. The risk of embarrassment, were such a protest to occur at a royal wedding, might put the couple off inviting such a controversial figure.”

On the other hand, Prince Harry and Markle will be extending an invitation to Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

The Obama family have a great relationship with Harry and his older brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, and have been hosted at Kensington Palace in the past.

 

Do you think Trump should be invited to the Royal Wedding??

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