Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) “said Thursday she is waiting for some family health issues to be resolved before she announces whether she’ll run for another term in 2018.”
“The time is coming, be assured. I’ve had reasons for waiting, and so once those problems are solved, I’ll let you know,” Feinstein said.
“Feinstein wouldn’t give more details about the family issue, but she skipped the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last summer after her husband, Richard Blum, was diagnosed with lung cancer. She herself was fitted with a pacemaker in January, raising additional questions about whether she plans to run.” (Los Angeles Times)
TOWN HALL. Feinstein “attempted to field questions on an array of issues from frustrated constituents during a frenzied town hall Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The sold out town hall drew about a thousand people to the First AME Church in South Los Angeles. There were also protesters outside the church. The crowd often shouted their disappointed with the senator. At one point, she was asked if she would be co-sponsoring a single-payer healthcare bill with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and she responded no.”
“She wouldn’t say whether she plans to seek reelection.” (CBSLA.com)
LOOKING AHEAD. Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-28) “fast-rising profile” as ranking member of the House Intelligence committee and public face of the congressional investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 elections “is fueling speculation he might be laying the groundwork for a run for higher office — for the Senate or governor’s mansion, or maybe even the White House. Schiff himself acknowledges harboring grander ambitions but adds the obligatory qualifiers in an interview: He’s busy with his current job and hopes that” Feinstein “will seek reelection in 2018.” (Politico)
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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.