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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Republicans may hold the House, the Senate and the White House, but when it comes to the upcoming omnibus spending bill, it's Democrats who look in control. There are still a number of tricky issues to settle, and there are plenty of ways a deal could blow up, but when Congress returns next week just a few days before an April 28 government funding deadline, the emerging bill seems likely to please Democrats and anger conservatives. It's the first real instance where Republicans and President Donald Trump need Democratic votes to enact their agenda -- short of once again blowing up Senate rules -- and that leverage has Democrats blocking many Republican priorities.

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In the GOP dream world, Republicans would defund Planned Parenthood, restrict money for so-called sanctuary cities, fund Trump's border wall, potentially blow up Obamacare, and provide significantly more for defense while starving other domestic programs that Democrats prefer.

But it seems Republicans will get hardly any of that, save for a defense boost that lawmakers on both sides essentially consider pro forma at this point.

Conservatives inside and outside Congress may soon rightfully ask: How is this deal any different than a bill Republicans would get if Hillary Clinton were president and Democrats controlled Congress?

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"The difficulty for Republicans is that they need eight votes in the Senate to pass an omnibus spending bill, which will fund the government until October. Needing eight Democratic votes in the Senate is basically akin to needing all Democrats, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will have to sign off on the bill.

And if Schumer has to give the deal his blessing, it's tough for Republicans to get much."

Poor babies! How will they angrywhiteman 'splain this to the base?

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-04-17 04:42 PM | Reply

"...save for a defense boost that lawmakers on both sides..."

What a surprise. A war gov't runs our country.

This is where party dems like OP & Furries et. al. enthusiastically agree with the neocon warhawks and their corporate pirates.

The only contention is, "No, you're killing brown people all wrong". Here, the parties are no different. except on the exact way to kill people.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-04-17 05:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2

The vapidity of that post is nearly overwhelming.

Defense spending is considered pro forma, a done deal, because that's something that the GOP would use the legislative nuke of a no filibuster rule to get, not because most Dems are for it.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-04-17 06:03 PM | Reply

It looks like the dems will stand on principle for PP and ACA, will give little d the finger on the wall and will happily take MIC bribes like the repubs.

#4 | Posted by bored at 2017-04-17 06:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

So Schumer is going to shut down the government but blame Republicans if he doesn't like the spending bill.

Might work? I don't think so.

Where are those core convictions Democrats?

If I were the majority, I would call Schumer's bluff.

#5 | Posted by Prolix247 at 2017-04-17 07:39 PM | Reply

How about passing an actual budget instead of these retarded continuing resolutions?

#6 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-18 01:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Under Trump, Ryan an McConnell things got very ugly very quickly. Rethugs would defund Planned Parenthood, restrict money for so-called sanctuary cities, fund Trump's border wall, blow up Obamacare, and provide significantly more for defense while starving other domestic programs the Wussies prefer.

It is presumed Rethugs and President Trump need Wussie votes to enact their agenda, SHORT OF ONCE AGAIN BLOWING UP SENATE RULES, and that leverage has Democrats blocking many Republican priorities.

But, doesn't the 51% Senate rule change apply now to all their legislative business? What makes the author think Rethugs will not invoke another Gorsuch vote on this and all forthcoming legislation?

#7 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-04-19 08:11 AM | Reply

But, doesn't the 51% Senate rule change apply now to all their legislative business?

#7 | POSTED BY NUTCASE

Nope. Just SCOTUS appointments.

#8 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-04-19 11:46 AM | Reply

What makes the author think Rethugs will not invoke another Gorsuch vote on this and all forthcoming legislation?
#7 | POSTED BY NUTCASE AT 2017-04-19 08:11 AM

I honestly think they will. They might wait until after the 2018 elections to ensure it won't backfire immediately, but even then, with a (nearly impossible to obtain) Dem Senate and House majority, the Dems won't get anything passed a Trump veto. So it wouldn't backfire that hard that fast if they did. I still fully expect them to. The urge to make it only 51% with fully R-controlled Leg, Exec, *and* now Jud branches, I think the temptation will be too much to resist.

#9 | Posted by deadseasquirrel at 2017-04-19 01:23 PM | Reply

I'm going to make a prediction that the GOP does not go nuclear on the legislative filibuster.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-19 01:26 PM | Reply

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Well, they ARE known for their restraint, right?

They don't want to... because politics, but if they can't pass any of their agenda, they might do it anyway.

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2017-04-19 01:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How about passing an actual budget instead of these retarded continuing resolutions?

#6 | Posted by JeffJ

Kind of hard to run a government when one party doesn't want the government to run.

#12 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-04-19 01:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#6

Easier see how much money they can fleece this way.

#13 | Posted by bat4255 at 2017-04-19 02:40 PM | Reply

How about passing an actual budget instead of these retarded continuing resolutions?
#6 | Posted by JeffJ
Kind of hard to run a government when one party doesn't want the government to run.

#12 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

The House managed to pass a budget every year once the GOP took control in '11.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-04-19 03:00 PM | Reply

"How about passing an actual budget instead of these retarded continuing resolutions?"

Yeah, if only the Tea Partiers would give up their demands or the Democrats forget about their constituents then the Ryan Republicans could screw over everyone they want to and Republicans like Jeff would be happy because they got a real budget.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-04-19 03:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

No, they haven't. They have passed partisan fantasies with the word budget in the title. Budgets are plans for running the government, not for dismantling the country.

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-19 09:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

^^^THIS!

#17 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-20 10:17 AM | Reply

The republicans are actually complaining that the democrats aren't helping them do the opposite of everything the democrats would do.

They are effectively saying the democrats should shoot themselves in the head or they will shut down the government and then blaming the democrats when the government shuts down

#18 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-04-20 10:48 AM | Reply

#18 | Posted by hatter5183

Their supporters think this makes sense.

#19 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-04-20 10:52 AM | Reply

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