Author: Chad Pergram

Hill GOP touts tax reform before 2018; Dems knock vow as mere ‘Coming Soon!’ marque

FOX NEWS They’ve got to have it. And we’re not talking about rabid Rick and Morty devotees storming McDonald’s in search of elusive Szechuan sauce. This is about congressional Republicans and an insatiable appetite to approve tax reform — preferably by the end of the year. The prognosis? Publicly, everything is lollipops and rainbows. Privately, even the most-earnest GOP tax-reform advocates are skeptical they can get this done — at least soon. It’s the middle of October. There is no bill text. No specifics. Vague targets on corporate tax rates. Ambiguity on personal tax rates. Lots of buzzwords. Frameworks....

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Bump stocks just one chip in Congress’ partisan gamble on gun control

FOX NEWS A legislative response to mass killings is elusive on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers cannot settle on a solution. However, there are lots of alternatives when it comes to potentially curbing gun violence. Background checks. Banning so-called “bump stocks.” Regulating bump stocks. Increasing open-carry provisions. Or just leaving things the way they are. But would any fix the problem? Taking action on any plan entails compromise. So far, the sides just aren’t willing to do that. And in a paradoxical twist, the butchery in Las Vegas last week may give Republicans the chance to pass controversial firearm legislation of...

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Why this ObamaCare repeal gives Democrats a fright

FOX NEWS Film critics and horror movie buffs still praise Ridley Scott’s “Alien” as a cinematic masterpiece nearly 40 years after its release. The horror genre relies on deliberate pacing and a meticulous layering of suspense. Directors achieve this with silence, music cues and misdirection. Scott employs all of these devices in his films. But “Alien” is scary as hell because Scott hides the monster. It’s always lurking in the shadows, barely seen on screen. Congressional Democrats may feel they’re on the set of one of Ridley Scott’s films. They thought they finally vanquished efforts to repeal and replace...

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What is the nuclear option? How McConnell plans to get Gorsuch confirmed

FOX NEWS Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is preparing to deploy the “nuclear option” to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. So what exactly is the nuclear option? In short, it’s an extreme parliamentary maneuver to change the Senate precedent and lower the bar to break a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee from 60 votes to 51 votes.  Here’s how this will likely go down over the course of Thursday and Friday: McConnell filed cloture to end debate on Gorsuch’s nomination Tuesday. By rule, a cloture petition to break a filibuster “ripens” two days later. The Senate then...

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Fearing voter backlash, Republicans bullish again on ObamaCare repeal

FOX NEWS Stop me if you’ve heard this one before … House Republicans are united. They remain steadfast in their quest to repeal and replace ObamaCare. “We broke down many of those dividing lines within our conference,” proclaimed House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as GOPers huddled in the basement of the U.S. Capitol Tuesday morning. “We are going to get there.” “We promised that we would repeal and replace ObamaCare. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” boasted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “The resolve of our conference to repeal ObamaCare and replace it has never been...

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Roadmap to the Senate’s nuclear option for confirming Gorsuch

FOX NEWS With complications mounting for Republican efforts to rally 60 votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, you’re going to hear a lot in the next few weeks about the so-called “nuclear option.” Here’s what it all means: Let’s start with the mathematics. There are 52 Republicans in the Senate and 48 senators who caucus with the Democrats. It only takes a simple majority to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. But it takes 60 votes to break a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee. Never before has there been a successful filibuster of a Supreme Court...

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Divided GOP makes dismantling ObamaCare little more than campaign promise

FOX NEWS There was supposed to be a death panel when it came to ObamaCare: Congressional Republicans. Starting in 2009, Republicans in Congress promised to euthanize the then-bill, later law. They’d kill it. “Repeal and replace” was the GOP mantra as the party stormed the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Republicans echoed the incantation in 2012 and 2014. The “repeal and replace” declaration even helped Republicans capture the Senate in 2014. The House and Senate voted on a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2015-16. But President Obama vetoed it. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., argued that’s...

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