Senate Dems lose health care vote, hope it's campaign fodder

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 11, 2018

U.S. Senate Democrats on Wednesday forced a vote to support the roll back of a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule allowing for the sale of so-called junk health-care plans that became available last week.The resolution failed to pass a floor vote, 50 to 50, with Sen.

The party that holds the White House typically loses seats in midterm congressional elections.

According to one of the latest polls out of the state, which was conducted before Manchin voted to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the senator was beating his opponent by eight points. She almost jeopardized Kavanaugh's confirmation and did historic harm to the Senate confirmation process, but McConnell still considers her a Republican in "very good standing".

"Roberts says he received the ethics complaints beginning September 20th, but did not act on referrals until today", Baier added.

Some saw his vote for Kavanaugh as a nakedly political move, while others said it means he's listening to his constituents.

Likewise, at a campaign rally earlier this week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis of Florida denounced Democrats for "debasing" the Senate.

That could put the Iowa Republican at odds with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mocking some Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee who pressed the case against Kavanaugh, Trump said: "The Democrats have become too unsafe to govern".

New Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in for a second time on Monday night during a ceremony televised on primetime television, and Jimmy Kimmel had a few words to say about it during his "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" monologue later that night. Trump has said Alaskans will make her pay.

But by pushing ahead, Democrats made Republicans cast a health care vote that Democrats could wield in campaign ads for next month's midterm elections, in which they hope to topple the GOP's 51-49 Senate majority.

At Northwestern University, associate general counsel Sarah Wake said that since the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, she has observed a significant increase in student reports of past sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity.

McConnell is also preparing for his own re-election in 2020 and, if he is successful, staying on as GOP leader. Fifty-six percent are angry about how the Senate treated Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, including 35 percent who are very angry, Rasmussen said. Progressives fought hard against Kavanaugh's confirmation due to his originalist jurisprudence and because he would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, often viewed as a "swing" vote in many 5-4 decisions.

The Kentucky Republican said he was speaking from experience.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.

Baldwin pointed to one plan sold in her state that she said does not cover hospital care on a Friday or Saturday.

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