July 18, 2017

7-18-2017 Political Nuggets….

Today in 5 Lines

President Trump said Republicans are “pushing very hard” to repeal and replace Obamacare, adding that he hopes Senator John McCain, who recently underwent surgery to remove a blood clot, “gets better very soon.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump will host a group of Republican senators at the White House Monday night to persuade them to support the new health-care bill. Trump climbed into a fire truck during a product-showcase event to mark the start of the White House’s “Made in America” week. The Department of Homeland Security announced it will increase the number of H-2B visas by 15,000. Police in Las Vegas said they found a threatening note at Nevada Senator Dean Heller’s office over the weekend, but determined that there was no break-in, as had initially been reported.

Washington Brief

  • Two more GOP senators – Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas – said they oppose the latest iteration of the Senate’s health care bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the chamber would now turn to “a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period.” (Roll Call)
  • The House Budget Committee released a blueprint of its spending plan for fiscal year 2018 that calls for $621.5 billion in defense spending and $511 billion for non-defense spending. Passage of a budget resolution would unlock a key procedural tool for Republican leaders hoping to tackle tax reform. (The New York Times)
  • Republican governors are thriving in blue states like Massachusetts, Maryland and Vermont, according to a new 50-state voter survey. (Morning Consult) In Alabama, 64 percent of voters approve of Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who took over for scandal-plagued Robert Bentley (R) after he stepped down earlier this year. (Morning Consult)
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reiterated that his preference for raising the debt ceiling is “to get it clean,” meaning without spending cuts that could attract support from conservative lawmakers. He called for lawmakers to “get it done sooner rather than later.” (The Washington Post)

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