Enero 23, 2018

McConnell Feels the "Heat" Aligns with President Trump

31 Agosto 2017, 11:28 | Martinez Canez

Mitch McConnell acknowledges that path forward on healthcare is 'murky'

Watch: Mitch McConnell and Steven Mnuchin expected to talk tax reform, White House turmoil

And on Thursday, Trump second-guessed GOP leaders' plan for the upcoming debt limit battle, saying Congress should have linked that hard vote to a popular Veterans Affairs bill that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

President Donald Trump picked a new fight on Thursday with his fellow Republicans, saying congressional leaders could have avoided a "mess" over raising the USA debt ceiling if they had taken his advice.

In the current politically polarized environment - when Trump is battling Republicans on the Hill as hard as he is Democrats - it's highly uncertain if a government shutdown can be avoided.

Republicans in Congress were stunned on Thursday with Donald Trump's tweets suggesting that a vote to raise the debt ceiling should be tied to a veterans benefits bill. The idea was floated in July but never gained steam in Congress.

"In continuation, the President wrote "...didn't do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval.

The House speaker insisted that Republicans have enough time to pass a tax reform package in 2017.

Debt ceiling votes have been anything but easy in recent years.

A protracted government shutdown or a default on sovereign debt could be disastrous - for the economy and for the party that controls the White House and both chambers of Congress. When Mr Trump was sworn into office, Treasury had more than US$350 billion in cash reserves. If the debt ceiling is reached without being increased, the Treasury would have to resort to "extraordinary" and even legally dubious measures to determine which debts to pay and which to default on until the ceiling is raised, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center's 2o17 Debt Limit Analysis.

McConnell and the White House have both released statements downplaying any conflict, saying they are committed to advancing their shared agenda.

"Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven't done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point". Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!

"It makes it much more hard obviously", former New Hampshire Sen.

Adding to the complexity, Congress needs to pass stopgap legislation to avert a government shutdown when the budget year ends September 30.

Conway says it is up to Congress to work with Trump.

Asked about the debt ceiling, Sanders put the onus on Congress to resolve the matter: "It's our job to inform Congress of the debt ceiling and it's their job to raise it". But privately, McConnell is said to be furious at Trump's war on his own party, especially his attacks on politically vulnerable Senate Republicans.

House conservative Republicans have been pushing for a variety of add-ons to a debt limit bill, such as deep spending cuts or the sale of government assets. But what, exactly, is the debt ceiling? Next month could produce legislative brinkmanship because the debt impasse coincides with the deadline to pass a new government spending Bill.

Otras noticias

Tendencias Ahora

Gas prices in Bulloch County rise due to Hurricane Harvey
The increase will depend on prices set by other competitors, hence the potential stall in raising costs until next week. Calgary motorists are feeling the impact of Hurricane Harvey - gas prices have jumped and will likely rise.

Hurricane Harvey: Night curfew imposed in flooded Houston
The National Weather Service has issued flood watches and warnings that stretch from the Houston area into Tennessee. When Harvey paid its return visit to land overnight, it hit near Cameron, Louisiana , about 72km from Port Arthur.

Death of a Princess: Times Journalists Recall Covering Diana
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death, Princes William and Harry visited a new garden dedicated to their mother. Diana's close friend Sir Elton John performed " Candle in the Wind ", written in her honour.

Mumbai rains: City drowns under water after receiving heaviest rainfall since 2005
By Wednesday morning, most trains were running but traffic remained chaotic. "Thank God, there was no heavy rain overnight". BMC reported that the city and suburban areas received more than 100 mm rainfall in Mumbai since 8:30 am on Tuesday.

Virginia among states with biggest gas prices increases post-Harvey
With a bottleneck created by shut down refineries in Texas and Louisiana, other refineries are able to increase their profit. So far this week DE already has seen gas prices go up by 10 cents and Maryland isn't far behind seeing a 9 cent hike.

Snapshot of Saultites as Mayweather beat McGregor
In fact, the CEO for Mayweather Promotions believes McGregor "definitely" has a future in boxing, if he wants one. McGregor suffered a 10th round TKO in an absorbing battle with Mayweather in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Cleveland Browns cut former Florida CB Joe Haden
Cleveland Browns fans woke up on Wednesday morning ready to head off to work or perhaps to have a quiet, peaceful day at home. In Haden's best season, 2010, he had 57 total tackles, a sack, 18 passes defended, a forced fumble, and 6 interceptions.

Asus joins the Windows Mixed Reality party with their own headset
Microsoft did hint at some upcoming tech that would widen the scope of applications that mixed reality is capable of. Microsoft also announced some tantalizing tidbits about the PCs that will be coming to host the platform.

Australia in command after David Warner's gritty ton
Shakib Al Hassan and Taijul Islam destablised visiting Australia in the morning session in the first Test in Dhaka on Wednesday. Resuming on a precarious 18-3, the tourists soon lost captain Steve Smith, when he was bowled by Mehidy Hasan for eight.

Dramatic Pictures Show Impact Of Hurricane Harvey's 'Unprecedented' Rainfall — Houston Flooding
Its transformation from an unnamed storm to a life-threatening behemoth took only 56 hours, an incredibly fast intensification. In nearly 10 tweets spanning the morning and afternoon, Trump made no mention of the death toll, which reached at least five.