Mitch McConnell clearly did not have a speech ready for this moment. McConnell was carrying only the “happy” envelope as Republicans called Mike Pence down to the Senate fully expecting that they had the votes they needed to pass the “skinny repeal.”
And in the aftermath of the vote, McConnell was forced to admit that he was out of ideas. Out of options. And that, worst of all, the only option remaining to Republicans was to … work with the Democrats.
McConnell stumbled though a mumbled, downbeat speech in which he said he’d “like to hear their ideas, I really would.” And now, he will.
Finally, McConnell delivered a line that clearly cost him dearly … “No more votes tonight.”
More than just the defeat of an awful bill, this was a massive slap in the face to McConnell’s unprecedented short-circuiting of Senate process.
Let me say this sincerely: Good for you, John McCain. And an extra helping of admiration for Lisa Murkowski, who held her ground under tremendous pressure.
A remarkable thing happened in the Senate tonight. Enough Republican Senators realized that they could stop a bill that they did not want to become law by voting against it. The skinny Trumpcare bill failed, 49-51, when Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), John McCain (AZ), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) voted no. We might have to say nice things about McCain for a while. Stupid Sen. Dean Heller (NV), who has the most to lose, did not take this opportunity and voted with his leader.
Enough Senate Republicans decided that they couldn't use the excuse House Speaker Paul Ryan gave them in his half-hearted endorsement of the House and Senate going to a conference committee to vote for this thing. They didn't want to kick sixteen million people off of their health insurance next year. Or maybe they were just embarrassed by the whole dismal farce of a legislative process this whole thing has been.
What happens now is uncertain. Stay tuned.
Resistance works. Let’s keep it up!
I’m falling quicker now.
I know that an end does await me,
willingly do I embrace it,
but still fear rides up my shoulders.
Fear that when the end does come,
that I will face it alone.
I walk stone gray streets
in an even darker city
that sings malice throughout the night.
I know that when the night ends,
I will still be alone.
Forever solitary when I wish to be whole.
To say that I have a broken wing,
is to say that I had them at all.
And there is no evidence now of them
if at one time I did have wings.
But as many before me have said,
I’m no angel, and I doubt I ever will be.
I am the tired shore after a long winter,
hoping that the tides will continue to cover me,
perhaps until there is no more.
But then summer comes,
and the sun warms me as it only can
and with crowds upon me, I still feel lonely.
I don’t know how life works.
I don’t know how to find the love that I desire.
I’m lost and I don’t even know where I began.
When I was a child, I kept hoping the truth would come.
I grew up and it still escapes my understanding.
It seems I shall be alone for the rest of my life.
© Johanna Fugitt 2017
Though Republicans certainly seemed to think they had this in the bag—twenty minutes ago, now they’re holding the procedural vote open, even though all votes are in, to allow some extra arm-twisting time.
Rumors are flying that McCain, and possibly others, may be more wobbly on the “Skinny Repeal” than expected.
Keep. Fingers. Crossed.
The vote on the actual bill is up next.
This in intriguing, given that the Planned Parenthood defunding is back in this “Freedom” bill they cooked up, and the Parliamentarian already said they can’t do that, at least in the previous way they tried to do it. Hmmmmm…..
Mike Pence appears to have left the Senate floor after an extended discussion with John McCain.
Stay turned. This isn’t over.
They’ve closed the procedure and are moving ahead.
Ревность с каждым разом отравляет Дерека всё сильнее. Глубже и глубже проникает в сердце, заменяет собой разум, когда точка кипения достигает пиковой отметки. В такие моменты Дереку хочется выть.
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Sketch From Superheroes: How To Fly A Plane Full Of Bombs (If Your Name Is Steve)
pls watch this XD
OMG I’m crying with laughter.
JESUS CHRIST I AM LAUGHING SO HARD. JUST WATCH THIS. YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED, I PROMISE.
Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.
Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States…are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside.” The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the “equal protection of the laws.”
In the decades after its adoption, the equal protection clause was cited by a number of African American activists who argued that racial segregation denied them the equal protection of law. However, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that states could constitutionally provide segregated facilities for African Americans, so long as they were equal to those afforded white persons. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which announced federal toleration of the so-called “separate but equal” doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, “colored” facilities were never equal to their white counterparts, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was finally struck down by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.
With the bill finally arriving in Democratic hands for the first time, you might think Republicans would set aside some time for discussion and questions. A few days. A few hours. Maybe a few minutes. You’d be wrong.
With an hour before the vote, Republican Senator Mike Enzi refused not just to answer any questions, he refused to allow Democrats to ask any questions. He refused to yield for points of order. And he said nothing about what was actually in the bill about to be voted on. Instead he took his time repeating the same tired falsehoods about the ACA and in particular stating that Democrats wouldn’t admit that there was anything wrong and had no suggestions. But every time a Democrat rose, they were graveled down.
Multiple senators made multiple attempts to simply ask a question about the bill. Enzi refused them all. Meanwhile Enzi droned on and one, eating up time while wandering farther and farther from the critical vote ahead. How determined was Enzi to simply waste the time available?
“I’m going to use my hour, even if some of it is in silence.”
Meanwhile, Mike Pence is on his way to the Senate, which is a good sign that Republicans feel they have all the votes they need.
The bill is scheduled for a vote very soon now. Will occur shortly after Mike Enzi finally stops sneering about the health care of all Americans.
The “show”? It’s not a game, jackass.
Sen. John McCain just had his chance to go to “regular order” on this, with the procedural motion from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) to send the bill back to an actual committee for an actual legislative process. He said "NO” of course. So did all of his Republican colleagues. So much for the Senate. On to the shit sandwich next.