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He can speak bravely, of course, because he's not running again.

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He can speak bravely, of course, because he's not running again.



That’s true, Robbie, at least in terms of the Senate. I think he might well be considering a primary challenge in 2020.

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He can speak bravely, of course, because he's not running again.



That’s true, Robbie, at least in terms of the Senate. I think he might well be considering a primary challenge in 2020.



Boy, wouldn't THAT be refreshing?

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He can speak bravely, of course, because he's not running again.



That’s true, Robbie, at least in terms of the Senate. I think he might well be considering a primary challenge in 2020.



Boy, wouldn't THAT be refreshing?



It might be. Let's see how big his brave is.

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(]CNN) - Last week, quietly and without fanfare, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley blocked President Donald Trump's nominee to be the intelligence community's top lawyer, the General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Jason Klitenic.

While Grassley made it clear in the congressional record he has "no concerns regarding Mr. Klitenic's capabilities or qualifications," he explained that he'd be blocking his passage until the top spy in Washington, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, responds to urgent questions about the intelligence community's protection of whistleblowers....

Grassley addressed the President in the Congressional Record last Monday, explaining that he had sent Coats a letter in November after learning about "disturbing allegations" concerning internal chaos within the intelligence community's top watchdog agency, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, or the IC IG. He said he has not received any response to those questions....

In a previous letter to Coats on March 6, Grassley wrote that the decision to fire Meyer was caught up in a process "marked by procedural irregularities and conflicts of interest" during "an extended period during which the acting leadership of the OIG demonstrated a lack of support for the critical whistleblower protection mission of the office."


Hm! Maybe just the beginnings of the development of one vertebra?

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Hm! Maybe just the beginnings of the development of one vertebra?



Wow! Let us hope!



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The good old days of budgeting are dead and gone.


No !@#$.

"It may be hard to remember now, but back in the “good old days,” here’s how the legislative process worked:

Step 1: Congress approved a budget, a blueprint of how money was to be spent during the year.

Step 2: Congress authorized spending on new programs and took the time to re-authorize spending on existing programs whose authorization had run out.

Step 3: Congress approved 11 or 12 appropriations bills one at a time, with appropriators carefully considering a reasonable level of spending for each category, members voting up or down on each one, approving those they agreed with, opposing those they thought spent too much or too little.

Set aside for a minute whether this utopia ever actually existed and agree with me on this: The good old days of budgeting are over — and they aren’t coming back anytime soon without new reforms.
 

Exhibit A is last week’s omnibus legislation, which appropriated $1.3 trillion in spending across a host of priorities in order to avoid, yet again, the prospect of a government shutdown.

The bill was the natural outgrowth of last month’s budget deal, in which Congress agreed to raise the spending caps by more than $300 billion over the next two years."

]Read more here.

One of my hot button issues. My son and I were discussing omnibus legislation last night. He really wasn't aware that this is what they are doing although he was raising hell about them not knowing what was in a 2000 page Bill that they were voting on. This is like the "Blue Slip" Rule in the Senate whereby they can shirk their responsibilities.
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McConnell bill would legalize hemp as agricultural product.


Yay Mitch!

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a new bill on Monday that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product.

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would legalize hemp, removing it from the federal list of controlled substances and allowing it to be sold as an agricultural commodity, according to WKYT.

"Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky's agriculture heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future," McConnell said in a statement.

If approved, the act would allow states to control their own hemp regulations by removing federal restrictions. WKYT also reported it would give hemp researchers the ability to apply for grants through the Department of Agriculture.
McConnell announced the bill with Republican Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. The bill is being co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.)

Kentucky is currently conducting a pilot program through the Department of Agriculture to grow hemp, WDRB reported Monday.

A team at the University of Louisville began harvesting the crop on campus in 2016 to study its use as a biofuel and energy source."

]Source.

Making hemp an illegal crop has been one of the more stupid things that government has ever done. This SHOULD pass easily. We'll see.
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"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced a new bill on Monday that would legalize hemp as an agricultural product.




Wow! My jaw dropped!

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(]CNN) - Bob Corker says GOP senators are working on plan to 'push back' on Trump policy

Sen. Bob Corker said Saturday that he is working with other Senate Republicans on an effort to "push back" on President Donald Trump's use of authority "in ways never intended and that are damaging to our country and our allies."

Earlier Saturday, the Tennessee Republican tweeted out a pair of articles focusing on the administration's recent announcement that it is imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union, and some of its other economic interventions that go against traditional free-market Republican orthodoxy. One, a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, argued the tariffs will harm the US economy and American foreign policy. The other, a Washington Post story, mentioned an administration plan to keep coal and nuclear power plants from closing.

In response to the articles, Corker wrote in a tweet, "These two stories feel like something I could have read in a local Caracas newspaper last week, not in America. Venezuela, here WE come!"

The senator said in a follow-up tweet, "I am working with like-minded Republican senators on ways to push back on the president using authorities in ways never intended and that are damaging to our country and our allies. Will Democrats join us?"


This could become very interesting.... Many manufacturing unions that traditionally supported Democrats seem to support Trump, primarily based on his anti-trade stance. But they are starting to figure it out -- and realize that they NEED trade in order to sell their exports (to keep their jobs) and afford imports that keep their cost of living down....

So will Dems cross the aisle to limit Trump's power? (Assuming, of course, the legislation is reasonable.) I'll be interested to see what they come up with.

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I expect Corker will be on the Sunday talk shows today.
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Mitch McConnell just cancelled the Senate's August recess!

"Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president's nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled. Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees."

Ummmmmmmmmmmm.... Weren't McConnell and Trump just CROWING about the number of federal judge appointments that Trump and his Republican friends in the Senate have made? And the massive number of executive openings has been a result of the Trump Administration's failure to NOMINATE anyone to the openings....

Interesting that the Republican obstructionists, who held a Supreme Court seat open for an entire year, suddenly care about getting something done. Methinks they're scrambling to get things through before potentially losing power in November.

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They're trying to reduce the amount of time Democratic challengers have to campaign.

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I agree with Robbie and you, Lis. According to Trump, this Congress has accomplished more under his
leadership than any Congress ever in the same time frame. Everything since he’s become President has been the best ever. Ryan was singing the same tune about the productivity of the House not so long ago. And McConnell should never use the word obstruction without confessing to his stated obstructionist agenda when President Obama was in office.
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Absolutely, Brick.

I hadn't thought about that, Robbie. Keeping Joe Donnelly in Washington, while his Republican challenger is free to run around the state campaigning and raising money, could well be a strategy. Other vulnerable Dems are in the same pickle.

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They're trying to reduce the amount of time Democratic challengers have to campaign.



CNN agrees with you, Robbie.

(]CNN) - Mitch McConnell plays a little dirty to keep his majority

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to keep senators in session over the traditional August recess will have the added benefit of keeping Democrats desperate to keep their Senate seats off the campaign trail for a month of prime campaign time.

It's devilish, brilliant politics....

Read between the lines. McConnell is canceling the recess not because of a hard deadline on anything -- lawmakers haven't passed all of their appropriations bills on time in more than 20 years, according to a recent Pew review. Despite Trump's vow never to sign a massive spending bill again, the Capitol Hill system, as it works today, does not require them to start this August. And nobody is calling for the House to cancel recess, although it's much easier for Republicans to pass funding bills there.

But it sure might help McConnell's chances of keeping his majority if Democrats up for re-election are stuck in DC.


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(]CNN) - Republicans scramble to understand if Trump just sunk their immigration effort

House Republicans were in full-on damage control Friday morning as they sought to downplay President Donald Trump's comments that he wouldn't support the GOP compromise bill.

After a day of confusion that threatened the future of the legislation, the White House issued a statement on the record that Trump supported the bill along with a more conservative piece of legislation. "The President fully supports both the Goodlatte bill and the House leadership bill. In this morning's interview, he was commenting on the discharge petition in the House, and not the new package. He would sign either the Goodlatte or the leadership bills," White House spokesman Raj Shah said in a statement.

After toiling away for weeks on a hard-fought compromise bill that tackled border security and even delivered Trump his campaign promise of a border wall, Republican aides and members involved in the discussions were taken aback by the President's impromptu interview with Fox News on the White House lawn where Trump insinuated he wouldn't support a bill that had been negotiated with his administration's involvement. Many members were desperate to believe that the President had either been referring to another bill or would reverse course later in the day -- while conservatives cheered the President as rightfully demanding changes to the bill.


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(]CNN) - Republican House member unloads on Paul Ryan in explosive floor exchange

On the eve of two major immigration votes, weeks of hard-fought negotiations took a turn with a heated blowup on the House floor between two lead negotiators. House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a conservative Republican from North Carolina, erupted at House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin over their agreement involving two major immigration bills, saying several times, "I'm done," while pointing in an animated fashion at the top House Republican and raising his voice as their colleagues watched.

The explosion drew widespread attention from inside the chamber and out -- and surfaced once again the long-simmering tension between House Republican leadership and the conservative bloc of lawmakers that has, at times, wreaked havoc on Ryan and his leadership's teams best-laid plans on topics ranging from government spending and health care to the farm bill and -- repeatedly -- immigration.

"The compromise bill is not ready for prime time," Meadows told reporters off the House floor who witnessed the exchange. "I'll leave it at that." Meadows playfully downplayed the encounter when pressed on why he was yelling at the speaker. "Oh, no," he responded. "I was passionate." In his frustration on the floor, Meadows even threatened at one point to sign the discharge petition, a controversial measure that would prompt a series of votes on four competing immigration bills -- including some backed by Democrats. He later told reporters he wasn't considering signing the discharge petition.

GOP leaders have desperately tried to avoid the discharge petition, which is why they have brokered the current deal between the Freedom Caucus and more moderate Republicans -- an agreement set to reach its climax on Thursday with votes on only two bills. One bill appeals more to conservatives -- authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia -- while the other, known as the compromise bill, is favored more by moderates.

The North Carolina congressman argued there were two things he expected to be in the compromise bill that weren't in there, but he refused to go into specifics. Rep. Patrick McHenry, the chief deputy whip, who's also from North Carolina, told reporters after a meeting in the speaker's office Wednesday night that the dispute had been the result of a "miscommunication" between staff and members. The outcome of the immigration votes was already in doubt, and after the exchange with Ryan, Meadows said he didn't know if the Thursday votes would still occur. "I don't know when the vote is," Meadows said. McHenry would tell reporters a short while later that the immigration votes would still take place Thursday.


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Keep those reins tight, Mr Speaker. It's working out so well for you. /snark

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I wouldn't foresee much of anything that we would like coming out of the House. That bunch is loony tunes.
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