End Filibuster, 60 Vote Majority to Pass Trump’s Agenda by Marc Rotterman

Watching from outside of the Washington Beltway, it seems to me that the Republican leadership in congress is incapable of organizing a two car funeral, let alone enacting major reform or pass significant legislation.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., address reporters outside the White House, back on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, following their meeting with President Donald Trump. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Exhibit number one are the pathetic attempts by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to repeal and replace Obamacare.

As we all know, Republicans ran for 7 years on repealing Obamacare.

But after seven years and a surprise Trump victory, the GOP was caught flat-footed, without a healthcare plan that a majority of congress could get behind.

Ryan led with a top down approach . . . a binary choice for his caucus where he essentially stated  — you’re either with me or against me. Predictably, many members of the Republican caucus balked — as politics especially is about inclusion in the making of legislation — not exclusion.

The House process was painful to watch and for the entire world reminded us of a silent movie with Republican members of the House shuttling back and for to microphones and with virtually the same message . . . “we’re trying to get to yes.”

Finally, after painful negotiations and countless media appearances to explain “how hard it was to get something like this done,” they passed a bill that nobody liked . . . with the hope was it would be sorted out in conference.

Now enters Senate Majority Leader McConnell — who went through some of the same machinations — but ultimately failed to get the Senate on board when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just said thumbs down and no.

Later McConnell weighed in and stated that President Trump had “excessive expectations” which went over like a lead balloon with the president and caused a firestorm of tweets.

Clearly Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell were no fans of the Trump candidacy for president or — for that matter — much of his agenda and, in the opinion of this writer and others, have deliberately slow-walked much of what the Trump White House wants to achieve.

Case in point is one of the president’s signature issues and a goal embraced by the base that elected Trump — and that’s the wall or the fence which neither McConnell, Ryan or their allies at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce want to see happen.

Recently in his speech in Arizona, the president threatened to shut down the government if funding for the wall is not included in the upcoming budget, and he also called on Majority Leader McConnell to end the legislative filibuster that requires 60 votes. President Trump wants a simple majority to pass legislation. That seems to me to reasonable request — especially during these hyper partisan times.

And can anyone doubt if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., became the Democratic majority leader — he would immediately end the legislative filibuster in order to enact his team’s big government, progressive agenda?

A lot is at stake this fall — including tax reform or at the very least, tax cuts for businesses, families and small businesses.

Can Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader McConnell pull it together and drive the president’s agenda through their respective caucuses?

We’ll see. If they can’t deliver — it’s time for a change of management.

Marc Rotterman worked on the national campaign for Reagan for president in 1980. He currently serves as senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation. He is the host of “Front Row” on UNC-TV and The NC Channel. Follow him on Twitter @FrontRowmarc. For more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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  • August 26, 2017 at 3:13 am

    These two and 4 more are on the Democrat payroll and are working for the Democrats. That is the problem.

    Wikileaks Has Exposed SIX Republicans Leading a Mutiny! Look Who They Are!
    Wikileaks has revealed what we’ve all been saying for some time now: the GOP is full

    of traitors and Clinton cronies, and they’ve been working day and night to ruin

    President Trump.

    Paul Ryan, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain were all

    named in the latest Wikilea release, and apparently were in the tank to not only

    ensure Trump lost the election, but to undermine him if he won; and that’s exactly

    what they’re doing.

    This is a clear cut case of TREASON and should be treated as such.

    These traitors should be immediately rounded up and removed from office, the sheer audacity and treacherous

    nature of these wretched people is almost unfathomable.

    From (Link: yournewswire.com)

    In an email from John Podesta to Huma Abedin, the pair discuss diverting Clinton campaign funds to various

    Republicans who were secretly on the Clinton payroll.

    (Link: conservativedailypost.com) reports

    The email, sent in July of this year, describes how funds were being diverted from Clinton’s campaign to the Super

    PACS of Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich.

    According to the email:

    “JB, CF, and JK PACS will be noticeably silent for the rest of the campaign. Each will receive a significant

    allowance from advertising budget. HRC is in the loop and has talked to all three personally. Eyes only.”

    Other emails that surfaced but do not refer to anything other than title have also surfaced that raised eyebrowS. It

    seems at a glance that the Clinton Foundation, or as I am calling it, the Pantsuit Mafia, has bought off several key

    members of the Republican Party to push the Clinton agenda. Such as:

    “He is on board, will retract the invitation to speak. Eyes only.”

    This email was dated days before Speaker of the House Paul Ryan withdrew the invitation to Donald Trump to

    speak at an event in Wisconsin. Even though we do not have the ‘smoking gun’ to say it was him, no other logical

    conclusion can be assumed.

    Other emails hint at the money being moved to Republican elected officials in the House and Senate. For instance

    FEC reports shows that two large donations from PACS and private sources ln early October went to John McCain

    right after he attacked Trump publicly criticized Trump. That happened shortly after a slew of emails concerning

    moving money to support one candidate and move support from another.

    Shortly thereafter, his challenger in this tight race, Kirkpatrick, lost several key donors and money and support

    lessened from the DNC and the DSCC in the last few weeks of the race. The thing to note is that McCain is one of

    the lead sponsors of a committee to investigate any Russian influence into the election.

    Senator Lindsay Graham, another outspoken critic of Donald Trump and briefly candidate for President from July to

    December also it seems received help from the Clintons. An email that simply states, “Cleared the road for him in

    2020,” could mean that there will be no strong or supported Democrat in the South Carolina Senate race when

    Graham is up for re-election.

    As with McCain, Graham has publicly called for a look into the Russian influence in the election.

    There were a lot of politicians who were opposed to Donald Trump. These, in particular, all share a common bond

    , however: Trump humiliated them on stage in front of hundreds of millions of people around the world. This is more

    than just politics or conscientious objecting, this was revenge.

    Not just revenge. This is out and out treason. Our representatives took an oath to support our Constitution and its

    laws for our benefit, not theirs. This is why gridlock is prevalent in D.C.–the treachery and the corruption are on

    both sides of the coin.

    Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing who the true Republicans are and who are the ones that are fronts for

    the Clinton machine, the Pantsuit Mafia. The number of emails is too overwhelming to easily sift through them all to

    find all of the turncoat RINOs. We must be diligent to ferret out those that have sold their souls for power.

    The only hope that we have for transparency of the Clintons anytime soon rests in an audit carried out by the IRS.

    Behold, in recent days, there is a call to impeach the Commissioner of the IRS. Interesting times we live in to be

    sure. Only time and work on our part will push this audit forward.

    Even though Hillary lost the Presidency, she is still a power behind the scenes with these revelations. With her

    Democratic allies in Pelosi and Schumer and her Republican lackeys in the form of Ryan and other Republicans,

    she will set the agenda and pull the strings. We the people will have no idea who is on our side and who is not.

    For the Clintons, it will mean that even though the American people are supporting Trump and making America

    great again, they will set the agenda. We will be left scratching our heads and wondering how the GOP and Trump

    cannot accomplish anything. Clinton will be in control without having to ever show her hand or be responsible to

    the people.

    The Soros-Clinton team will have killed the Republic and we will never know until it is too late.

    This Russian news story perhaps is the ultimate coup for the Clinton Camp. She does not even have to be the

    winner of the Electoral College vote to have gained power. Should enough electors defect to Hillary or name

    another candidate in their votes (Electors are NOT legally bound to vote for their candidate), then that could throw

    the vote into the House and Senate.

    The suspicious part of this simply is this, On January 20th a new president will be inaugurated. The Constitution in

    the 25th Amendment spells out the line of succession if there is still not a picked President, the Vice President

    shall become president (Kaine or Pence).

    If the Senate has not picked a Vice-President by noon on the 20th, the Speaker of the House shall become

    President. Coincidence?

    The Roman Republic lasted for centuries in the hands of the people before falling to become the Roman Empire

    . That change did not happen by a foreign invasion or foreign intrigue. No barbarian or forceful enemy defeated

    that Republic over 2000 years ago.

    It was defeated from the inside by the treachery of the Senate and the blood of the slain Julius Caesar. Just as

    Caesar was stabbed in the back by men he thought were his allies, Trump is facing the same treachery.

    In the coming days and months, without our help and diligence, President Trump may also be gasping…..”Et Tu,



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