"It's still there. We got 68 votes, I think, the last time". While there is some question of whether voting for a controversial bill that fails to become law will have the same effect as voting for a controversial bill that is actually enacted, it is hard to say that this enhances Republicans' chances of retaining their majority.
In Congress, Democratic Massachusetts Sen.
That has gotten the attention of top Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Murkowski said after the vote McCain said to them, "Maybe our colleagues are not going to be viewing this as a positive right now".
Instead, Manchin said in a statement that he's "particularly excited" to work on tax reform with Trump, who crushed Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton in West Virginia, winning 68 percent of the vote.
On the other hand, if media norms really have changed, then even if Democrats choose one candidate or attempt to veto another, it's possible that the news media won't follow party cues.
For all of the GOP's deriding of Democrats over the years for being "tax-and-spenders", the sad reality is Republicans are on their way to earning the same label.
"Press releases don't solve problems, people do", he said. No plan for tax reform. "Now is the time to get everyone involved and put everything on the table". Yet this would be a one-off windfall that could finance only a two- or three-percentage-point reduction in the corporate rate for a decade.
"We're, you know, a little behind". Donnelly represents IN, where Trump won by 19.
This burgeoning war against Trump, Republicans try to insist, is perfectly normal and healthy.
The tough questions about what those rates will be, if or how tax cuts will be paid for and what process Republicans will use to get the legislation through Congress remain unanswered.
It also includes a section titled "Repeal and Replace of Obamacare" in which they tout the House GOP repeal and replace bill, the American Health Care Act. The benefits were twofold, providing House Republicans a few weeks to approve the Senate version and send it to President Trump. That means Democrats could cast deciding votes.
The White House is demanding an aggressive schedule. On July 27th leaders from Congress and the White House announced they had agreed on the "principles" of tax reform. The resolve of congressional Democrats - especially those in red states - to refuse to be stampeded into swallowing bad policy cracks that window open a bit further. Moreover, there's only one Democrat, Tim Kaine of Virginia, who would make any list of potentially vulnerable senators under nearly any circumstances.
Even with his lowest approval rating to date, Trump continues to kick lawmakers in the shins. Lindsey Graham, who in his droll Southern way went on TV to say the Senate needs to forget Obamacare repeal for the moment and move on to other important matters - which is code for an issue on which Republicans might possibly score a political victory.
Some members, however, aren't shying away from talking about the GOP's shortcomings, knowing that those issues will be brought up regardless of how much they seek to deflect or pivot. However, the reality that millions of Americans would lose health-care coverage they now receive rendered the measure a non-starter in the Senate. I can remember when the first President Bush boasted in his campaign, "No new taxes!" They'll face voters back home who have cause for frustration about an unproductive Congress led by a party given over to infighting. They also were strong voices for an independent investigator. After the administration's attempts to weaken the bill were unsuccessful, he issued a weird signing statement calling the legislation "seriously flawed".
Manchin, who won reelection in 2012 with 60.6 percent of the vote, already has Republican challengers: Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.