Senate Dems fail to block Trump's policy on short-term health insurance

Phillip Cunningham
October 11, 2018

In key battlegrounds across America, Republican leaders are warning voters to expect more political theater if they return Democrats to power next month.

In an interview with The Associated Press, McConnell disputed President Donald Trump's prediction that Alaskans "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" politically after bucking her party on Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was questioned Wednesday about President Trump's comments that Alaskans "will never forgive" Sen. The jurist had already been officially sworn in Saturday soon after the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm his appointment.

Recusal demands by Kavanaugh critics including Democratic lawmakers and liberal commentators focused on two main areas: certain cases involving Trump himself; and cases involving Democratic Party lawmakers or interests, considering Kavanaugh's angry remarks about Democrats during a September 27 Senate hearing.

During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh refused to be pinned down on whether he would recuse himself in cases involving Trump such as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump has alleged that Feinstein, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, leaked an allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford in an attempt to sink his confirmation.

One top priority is filling the seat left vacant on the powerful D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals when Justice Kavanaugh was elevated.


Those latest examples follow hard on Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly encouraging confrontation in public spaces with Republicans.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Wednesday that the Democrats are gearing up to make a government overhaul package the first bill Democrats bring to the floor should they retake the majority. "And it occurred to me that that was the first time I was hearing that in that courtroom", Biskupic said of Kavanaugh's first day on the bench.

"So, it will just be your bad luck if you happen to get sick and need health care on the weekend", she said.

But according to a new survey from Rasmussen Reports, Republican voters are furious about the salacious, unfounded accusations lobbed at Kavanaugh and are more likely to vote in the upcoming midterm elections as a result. But no Court-packing is going to be possible as long as far-right Republicans control the federal government's executive branch and both houses of Congress.

"You can not just say to somebody, "I was sexually assaulted" or 'You did that to me'". She voted "present" in the actual confirmation vote.

"The complaints do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge". Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations and is now on the Supreme Court.

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