Clash also looming over repeal and replace ObamaCare
By Dave Andrusko
As the final post of the day, a quick rehash of two developments many of you have already heard about.
“The first order of business is to repeal and replace Obamacare, and that was our message today and that will be our message on Capitol Hill,” Pence told reporters after meeting with Congressional Republicans,” NBC News reported. Lame Duck President Barack Obama “met behind closed doors Wednesday morning with congressional Democrats to map out a strategy to defend the Affordable Care Act [ObamaCare] and other health-care policies.”
Meanwhile pro-abortion Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was busy rattling sabers. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash Schumer said, “The only way we’re going to work with [Trump] is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.” For good measure, Schumer added, “Ninety, 95 percent of the time, we’ll be holding his feet to the fire and holding him accountable.”
In case anyone may have been naïve enough to think pro-abortion Senate Democrats would not go full-throttle after any Supreme Court nominee President-elect Trump would offer, there’s this from Schumer’s appearance last night on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show.
He flatly announced Senate Democrats are prepared to block “out of the mainstream” Supreme Court nominees.
According to NBC News
“The consequences are going to be down the road,” Schumer said. “If they don’t appoint somebody good, we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.”
Asked by Maddow whether he would seek to simply keep the seat open rather than confirm a nominee outside the mainstream, Schumer replied: “Absolutely.”
“We are not going to make it easy for them to pick a Supreme Court justice,” he said.
Suggesting that could be any nominee, he said: “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we [Democrats] could support.”
In 2013, Schumer’s predecessor in the Senate’s leadership ranks, Harry Reid (D-Nev.), led the charge to eliminate the filibuster for presidential appointments, except to the Supreme Court.
Schumer told Maddox that Republicans “won’t have 60 votes to put in an out-of-the-mainstream nominee [on the Supreme Court] and then they’ll have to make a choice: Change the rules.”
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