Newsweek’s Clift writes, “While it’s unlikely that the GOP will pick up all 10 seats needed to gain control of the Senate, what’s going on is reminiscent of” ‘80, “when the GOP won the Senate by knocking off a bunch of” Dem stalwarts. 6 years later, “many of the victors … would be turned out by the voters in what proved a short-lived majority.”
Winners rode Ronald Reagan’s coattails, “but the bulk of the winning class had no staying power. They were perfect for the moment, but, to put it gently, not all had the look of eagles.” Paula Hawkins (R-FL) and Jeremiah Denton (R-AL) “are remembered more for their personal eccentricities than any legislative achievement.” This year, “Exhibit A” is KY SEN nominee Rand Paul (R).
CT’s Linda McMahon (R) and NV’s Sharron Angle (R) and Sue Lowden all “seem just as unlikely to last on the national scene should they succeed” in Nov. Dems “should take heart. It could be six long years, but the tide that washes in some of these outliers will be there to carry them out, just as it has in elections past” (5/28).
“Any year there’s a huge anti-incumbent, populist tide, it’s bound to wash in its share of oddballs.” ‘94 gave us IN’s John Hostettler, who “tried boarding a DC-bound plane with a loaded 9-mm Glock in his carry-on”; TX’s Steve Stockman, who said Waco “was a government conspiracy”; and ID’s Helen Chenoweth, who “held endangered-sockeye-salmon fundraising bakes.”
OR’s Jim Bunn left his wife for his 31-year old CoS. IN’s Mark Souder just resigned over an affair with an aide. FL’s Mark Foley resigned in ‘06. And Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) have each dealt with affairs (Senior, New York magazine, 5/30).
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"Even if House Republicans manage to get enough members of their party on board with the latest version of their health care bill, they will face another battle in the Senate: whether the bill complies with the chamber’s arcane ... Byrd rule, which stipulates all provisions in a reconciliation bill must affect federal spending and revenues in a way that is not merely incidental." Democrats should have the advantage in that fight, "unless the Senate pulls another 'nuclear option.'”
The House has passed a one-week spending bill that will avert a government shutdown which was set to begin at midnight. Lawmakers now have an extra week to come to a longer agreement which is expected to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year in September. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to pass before President Trump signs it.
President Trump’s portrayal of an effort to funnel more Medicaid dollars to Puerto Rico as a "bailout" is complicating negotiations over a continuing resolution on the budget. "House Democrats are now requiring such assistance as a condition for supporting the continuing resolution," a position that the GOP leadership is amenable to. "But Mr. Trump’s apparent skepticism aligns him with conservative House Republicans inclined to view its request as a bailout, leaving the deal a narrow path to passage in Congress."
Democrats in the House are threatening to shut down the government if Republicans expedite a vote on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, said Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer Thursday. Lawmakers have introduced a one-week spending bill to give themselves an extra week to reach a long-term funding deal, which seemed poised to pass easily. However, the White House is pressuring House Republicans to take a vote on their Obamacare replacement Friday to give Trump a legislative victory, though it is still not clear that they have the necessary votes to pass the health care bill. This could go down to the wire.