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My Letter to Rep Trey Gowdy   Leave a comment

Dear Representative Gowdy,

As a Vermonter, I’m a supporter of Bernie Sanders in the upcoming election.  However, if Hillary Clinton wins the primary, I am now very content to vote for her.  I was not sure before, but the hearing yesterday proved she is capable of standing up for America and has all of the qualifications needed to be an excellent President of the United States.  What you did to her was just wrong and she stood strong and tough and proved beyond any shadow of a doubt that she will make a great President.  Assuming you are still in office when she is elected, please work with her to move America through the 21st century in the most wonderful way that we can.

Sincerely,

Tim

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) poured cold water Friday on conservatives’ effort to shut down the government if legislation to keep it open after Sept. 30 includes funding to implement Obamacare.

He said there aren’t enough votes to make it happen in the Senate.

“In order to avoid a government shutdown, we need 60 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House to pass a continuing resolution,” Cantor told National Review’s Robert Costa. “To get 60 votes in the Senate, you need at least 14 Democrats to join Republicans and pass a CR that defunds Obamacare. Right now, I am not aware of a single Democrat in the Senate who would join us. If and when defunding has 60 votes in the Senate, we will absolutely deliver more than 218 votes in the House.”

The remarks appear to be the first from a House Republican leader on the push, which is being advanced by conservatives during the August recess.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/eric-cantor-nixes-obamacare-shutdown-push?ref=fpb

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Greg Sargent “Is there any bill funding the government — at any level of spending — that Republicans alone can pass out of the House at this point?

Congress has gone home for recess after a series of botched votes that are cause for deep pessimism about the future. The basic problem here is not hard to divine. The Senate GOP filibuster of the transportation bill yesterday, and the House GOP decision to yank its version of the same the day before that, confirm that Republicans may not be able to pass a spending bill at sequester levels, even as they won’t support one at higher spending levels, either.

As multiple reports detail this morning — Lori Montgomery’s piece gets the framing exactly right –  the bill that spends at sequester levels alienates moderate Republicans who balk at specific spending cuts. Meanwhile, Republicans can’t accept higher spending levels because … the goal of keeping spending as low as possible has become a moral crusade, a higher calling, that can never be questioned, even if they are not willing or able to say how they would accomplish this.

If this sounds crazy, that’s because it is. But this craziness has a cause. Republican leaders have nurtured it for years, and now they are stuck in a trap of their own creation.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/08/02/the-morning-plum-gop-leaders-reap-the-whirlwind/

 

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Bill Mahr “The Republicans in Congress voted to repeal Obamacare for the fortieth time today.  It’s really, now, less a governing philosophy, and it’s more like Charlie Manson applying for parole.  Forty times, really?  Forty times they have voted to repeal Obamacare, which kind of raises the question, can you file a restraining order against 232 people?”