It’s been a busy week on Capitol Hill, with more to come. Here’s what you might have missed.
This week’s broken promise:
The Senate’s Obamacare efforts failed late last night after John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins voted against their Republican colleagues to sink the “skinny repeal” bill.
Now that the GOP has fallen short of its biggest promise of the past decade, some are looking to tax reform while House conservatives are working on a backup repeal plan.
But there are some things that Congress could do to lower your costs, even if Obamacare repeal is dead:
This week’s taxation:
GOP leadership is finally backing off the proposed tariff in this year’s tax package. But overtaxed Americans aren’t out of the woods just yet.
This week’s distractions:
What kept health care from being the focus this week? A fight with the Attorney General, a haphazard announcement of a new military transgender policy, and a profanity-laden rant to the liberal media.
All from the White House.
This week’s other vote:
Congress is moving forward on a very modest funding package for the border wall.
This week’s insights:
This week’s “lunatic”:
Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin called out “Marxist-Leninist” “lunatic” Luis Gutierrez for trying to impeach president Trump.
Oh, and Gutierrez likes to cut his wife checks from his campaign coffers. A lot.
This week’s support system:
Former U.S. Senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint is launching a support system for conservatives in Congress so they don’t end up getting strong-armed by establishment hacks or consumed by the D.C. swamp.
This week’s future:
Dan Bongino asks: Amid all the broken promises and policy failures, is it time for conservatives to look for a new party?
This week’s liberty:
Three conservative senators have introduced a bill aimed at making it easier to get around cronyistic licensing cartels so people can earn an honest living.
This week’s spy novel:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s IT guy was arrested at Dulles Airport earlier this week. If you look at the details, the story is playing out like a paperback thriller. But to some, it’s just a little “bank fraud.”
This week’s election watch:
Brooks also called Trump’s recent attacks on Sessions “public waterboarding,” and called on his primary opponents to drop out of the race and give the AG his old seat back.
The 2020 presidential race has officially begun, with a Democrat challenger to President Trump announcing his candidacy.
Off the Hill:
Hometown allies are defending the congressman, despite the overwhelming evidence.
"They're slamming it to millions of Americans ... because they will not cut government."