During a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.
The White House said a House floor vote on the GOP healthcare bill was postponed simply for scheduling reasons on Thursday and they remain “confident” it will pass. Shortly after news of the delay broke, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters the vote was put off to avoid holding it in the wee hours of Friday morning. “We are going to start the debate tonight on the vote as planned,” Sanders said.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Thursday that he would not join a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Neil Gorsuch, arguing that the integrity of the Senate needs to be preserved. Manchin, a conservative Democrat and key vote, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Senate decorum needs to be preserved and that it started to fall apart in 2013 when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid instituted the so-called nuclear option.
As a popular Indiana restaurant owner faces deportation under President Trump’s immigration directives, his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives. According to a report from Indiana Public Radio, Roberto Beristain’s family said he’s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. Beristain is the owner of Eddie’s Steak Shed in Granger, Ind., which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldn’t be a requirement for the GOP’s insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to women’s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,” he tweeted.
On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer sought to put additional distance between President Trump and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. Yahoo News asked Spicer about an Associated Press report that Manafort crafted a plan to advance Putin’s interests in 2005 for a billionaire client with ties to the Russian president.
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Wednesday that the announcement by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stating that intelligence agencies had swept up incidental communications from the Trump campaign was intended to distract attention from the FBI’s investigation. “I think it’s an attempt to distract from something that clearly makes the administration — and many members of the GOP — very, very nervous: the ongoing investigation that the FBI has acknowledged into contacts between the Trump campaign — and possibly the transition and administration — and the Russian government,” Kaine, who ran as Hillary Clinton’s nominee for vice president against Trump in 2016, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
The American Health Care Act, embraced by Speaker Paul Ryan, is in danger of losing too many Republican votes to pass during Thursday’s vote in the House. Brooks’s Freedom Caucus, a group of staunchly conservative lawmakers, is opposing the bill in its current form, and there was speculation Wednesday that the vote may be delayed. “The best argument that the proponents of the legislation have right now is that it’s not as bad as Obamacare.
On what could be the eve of a crucial health care vote and with the reported numbers still seemingly unfavorable, the White House remained confident that the American Health Care Act would pass the House on Thursday. “Piece by piece, member by member, we’re getting there, and we’re getting much closer,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday of gathering the votes necessary to repeal Obamacare. The White House team did have some success on Wednesday, flipping Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., to a “yes” vote after assuring him that they supported his proposed amendment, which would deny health care credits to undocumented immigrants.
Senate Democrats seized on a Supreme Court ruling handed down Wednesday morning — less than an hour into the third day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Neil Gorsuch — to question the judgment of President Trump’s choice to fill the empty seat on the high court. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District expanded the obligations of public-school districts to provide an adequate education to disabled students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a standard that Gorsuch had used to decide a similar case in 2008, Thompson School District v. Luke P.
EMILY’s List announced Wednesday that more than 10,000 women have reached out to the group since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to say they want to run for office, a record number in such a short time for the group. “Over ten thousand women isn’t a ripple — it’s a wave,” said EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock in a statement.
Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democrats Wednesday against the Republican attempt to pass a health care bill that would replace former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. Biden had been keeping a relatively low public profile since Trump’s January inauguration. “This is not going to pass,” Biden said on the steps of the Capitol, standing in front of a large group of House Democrats.
“If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?” the WSJ wrote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday whom she considers the current leader of the Democratic Party. “Well, President Obama was the president of the United States until a matter of weeks ago.
President Trump drummed up support for the GOP health care bill and expressed optimism it will pass a House floor vote in a Tuesday night speech before an audience of Republican members of Congress, donors and loyalists. Among other things, Trump predicted “great surprises” and said he hopes “it’s going to all work out” when he discussed the Obamacare repeal bill, which has faced opposition from the Republican Party’s conservative and moderate wings. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan face a major test on Thursday, when the House is set to vote on the legislation embraced by the party leadership.