‘The GOP’s Plan to Defend the White House’
The GOP is trying to keep the House of Representatives intact, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to give up the Senate anytime soon.
And it looks like they’re doing just that.
With President Donald Trump’s approval ratings hovering around 40%, Senate Republicans are taking the lead in trying to prevent the Democrats from passing any major legislation.
As Vox’s Ezra Klein put it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been “running the show” in the Senate.
While Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R) says the GOP will keep the Senate, it’s not clear whether or not he’s actually making any promises.
Cornyn said during a news conference Tuesday that the GOP won’t be giving up the majority.
But there’s no way to know if McConnell is bluffing or not.
Cornys comments come as the House and Senate are holding votes on a new health care bill.
But the House is already moving ahead on the GOP health care proposal.
If the Senate passes the GOP bill, it will pass and President Donald J. Trump will be able to sign it into law.
But even if the Senate approves the bill, Democrats will have the votes to override a veto, as the GOP has done in the past.
Democrats could also attempt to use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Senate’s approval of the bill.
Republicans have long been able to pass major legislation through the CRA, but Republicans have had trouble holding on to power in Congress.
Now, the GOP is hoping to keep their majority even after a presidential election cycle that saw their disapproval rating sink to its lowest point in more than two decades.
The GOP’s strategy is a reminder of the importance of the Senate as the body that determines how major bills pass in the United States.
When Congress passes major legislation, it sets the tone for future legislative and executive actions by the president, according to Vox’s Dave Weigel.
The House passed major bills in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
But many of those bills also passed through the Senate and, in the case of the health care reform bill, passed the Senate but the White Houses veto.
If McConnell and Cornyn can get the Senate to pass their bill, then the Senate could vote on it as early as Tuesday, but it will likely not be approved.
Republicans need at least 60 votes to overcome a filibuster in the chamber, which would require Democrats to vote against the bill or risk a filibuster.
A majority of Senate Republicans also support a constitutional amendment that would require the president to submit legislation to Congress.
The amendment, called a “vote-a-rama,” has been proposed before, but this time the GOP could force Democrats to allow the amendment if they can get 60 votes.
The Republican Senate has already held the floor a number of times to consider an amendment to force the president’s hand to submit major legislation and they have also voted to approve a similar amendment to block the EPA from enforcing greenhouse gas limits.
That’s why it’s important for the Senate Republicans to get as many Republicans on board as possible to pass the health plan and the CRA.
This means Republicans will need to get the support of at least five Democrats to get a vote on the CRA amendment, and the Senate will need three Democrats to support the amendment.
But if the GOP wins 60 votes, the Senate can pass the CRA and then the bill into law without needing a simple majority of the 60 votes from Republicans.
That means Democrats will likely have to back the CRA as part of any major health care legislation.
This is because the House passed a bill last week that would make it easier for insurance companies to charge higher premiums to low-income people with pre-existing conditions.
But Republicans and President Trump have been unable to get their health care overhaul through Congress.
Trump has made repealing the ACA the centerpiece of his legislative agenda.
But he has failed to get support from a majority of Republicans in Congress, including several GOP senators.
Republicans also are running into resistance from their base in their base districts.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that Republicans are increasingly reluctant to support a health care plan if it includes a price tag.
Forty-five percent of Republicans said they would oppose a bill that includes a cost-sharing reduction (CSR) program for low- and moderate-income households.
Only 21 percent of Democrats said they’d support such a plan.
And while Trump has promised to deliver on his campaign promise to repeal and replace the ACA, the president has also suggested he would sign a health bill without a price.
The president has repeatedly said he wants to get health care back on the agenda in the first 100 days of his administration.
If Republicans don’t make significant changes to their health policy proposals, the Trump administration will be in a difficult position.
And Republicans have to be prepared to go against their base and the White Senate if they want to keep control of the chamber.