Think Progress
June 8, 2017

While attention shifts to James Comey's much anticipated testimony today, Senate Republicans are still working to deprive 23 million Americans of health care coverage.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he is striving to get a vote on the Republican health care bill by July 4, before Congress leaves for August recess.
As ludicrous as this deadline seems, the Senate could pull it off -- but it will be done without much public scrutiny.

Sen. McConnell implemented Senate "Rule 14" Wednesday to fast-track the GOP House health bill.
This move allows the Senate to skip the committee process (goodbye full Senate committee debate), and instead "fast-tracks" the bill by moving it on the Senate calendar so it can be brought to a vote.

Republicans need to pass a health care bill immediately...And they need to pass a bill that reconciles the needs of both the House and Senate by September 30, in order to use reconciliation.
Reconciliation is a 1974 act that expedites the Senate's .consideration of bills that pertain to the budget.

While Washington watches James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Republican leaders and the health care working group will still be meeting for a working luncheon to continue negotiations.

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PhilfromOhio 49 weeks 1 day ago

Truth or Consequences:

And some people wonder why the shooter went nuts and shot up the ball game with his NRA stick.... One of the fundamental sources of anger that causes unstable people to do awful things is the feeling of helplessness and impotence and being ridiculed. It seems that this was his demented way of saying "You're fired!" Without doubt, many people now feel that the system has been rigged and doesn't plan to change. Republicans have doubled down on this since the election with a constant stream of dismissive rhetoric like "Elections have consequences." I guess they are right about that.

Republicans don't seem to know the difference between a pinata and a beehive. There are more unstable people out there than there are congress members. Showing people a little respect might help tone down the anger, but we have not been seeing that from the bought and paid for Republican congress people. Instead, they have been thumbing their noses at people with ideas different from theirs. There are connections between sowing and reaping. It is not a great mystery, but they don't see it or care.

As we have seen before, time and again with these kinds of tragedies, the olive branches soon return to being hickory whipping sticks after the dust settles.

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