Senate GOP hears, but doesn’t plan to take, Trump’s advice on health care

Senate GOP hears, but doesn’t plan to take, Trump’s advice on health care

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Senate Republicans responded to the legislative advice given by the White House over the weekend with the particular brand of disdain reserved for people who try to tell senators what to do.

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made it clear that his colleagues would not be heeding the words of Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who said on CNN that “they can’t move on in the Senate” unless lawmakers address health care.

“I don’t think he’s got much experience in the Senate, as I recall, and he’s got a big job. He ought to do that job and let us do our job,” Cornyn said with a wink as he entered the Senate chamber Monday evening.

The fact that Mulvaney, a former House member from South Carolina, served in the lower congressional chamber likely made it an even more difficult directive for senators to hear.

President Donald Trump also tweeted repeatedly over the weekend that the Senate should scrap the 60-vote threshold needed to advance most legislation and reduce it to a simple majority. (Not that that would have helped in the case of health care, which failed to attract 51 votes in favor.)

If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute. They are laughing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017

While the so-called nuclear option was invoked to reduce the necessary votes for executive and judicial branch nominees, senators on both sides of the aisle have agreed that the 60-vote requirement should stay in place for bills in order to preserve the voice of the Senate minority.

In April, a bipartisan group of 61 senators wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urging him not to touch the legislative filibuster. McConnell has reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining the 60-votes needed, saying it’s a key function of the chamber.

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., wrote Trump’s tweet off as the venting of a frustrated leader.

“It’s just not a realistic suggestion,” he said. “[Trump]’s envisioning this world where Congress can do everything at 51 and he can move his agenda, which I get. It’s frustrating, I’m sure, if you’re the president. But the Senate’s a different institution for a lot of reasons and that rule is in place to protect the rights of the minority.”

And Democrats took issue with the notion, as Trump tweeted, that they would scrap the 60-vote requirement for bills if they regained power.

“When we were in power we never did because we respect this institution,” she said.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who was riding in an elevator with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., when the question was asked, deferred to her on the laughter part of the tweet: “Patty can speak to that issue better than me because she would know whether they would laugh or not.”

But Corker appeared at a loss for words when asked to weigh in.

“I know there’s frustration and newness in the job, but I think — I’ll just leave it at that,” he said.

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Scaramucci’s departure comes just days after former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the Trump administration. Monday morning, retired Marine Corps general John Kelly was sworn in as Priebus’ replacement.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle took to Twitter to acknowledge the 11-day White House career of the former Wall Street financier.

The White House posted a statement, stressing that Scaramucci “felt it was best to give Kelly a clean slate” and the “ability to build his own team,” wishing him all the best. The statement’s use of the term “clean slate” uses the same language Spicer used during his resignation.

Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida praised the decision, which comes just hours into Kelly’s tenure.

General Kelly is 1 for 1. Let’s keep it going.

— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) July 31, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., subtly jabbed Scaramucci about his time at the White House, stressing “a grateful nation” would say “has it really only been 11 days?!?”

Thank you Anthony @Scaramucci for your service. I speak for a grateful nation when I say “has it really only been 11 days?!?”

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) July 31, 2017

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, seemingly expressed indifference with regard to the resignation, simply tweeting:


— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 31, 2017

Frm. Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, snarkily compared Trump’s White House activities to those of previous administrations.

Truman installed a bowling alley.

Carter tried solar panels.

Trump is fully invested in a revolving door.

— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) July 31, 2017

Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California used the resignation to point fingers at the president’s son-in-law, who is thought to be a driving influence behind Scaramucci’s hiring.

Jared Kushner pushed to get Mr. Scaramucci as WH Communications Director. His removal shows Kushner’s advice has repeatedly been really bad.

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 31, 2017

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter mocked the former communications director’s short White House career, and noted she’s just 11 days short of his tenure.

BIG DAY FOR ME! I served in the Trump administration only 11 days less than Anthony Scaramucci.

— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 31, 2017

Television host Andy Cohen took the matter lightly, likening the events of the White House to Bravo’s popular reality TV series “The Real Housewives”:

Please tweet me your questions for the Real Housewives of the White House Reunion.

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) July 31, 2017

David Axelrod, senior adviser to former president Barack Obama, expressed his shock at Scaramucci’s brief stay at the White House.

Whoa, that was quick! So long to Mini-Me the Moocher. It’s been an AMAZING 11 days! 😳

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) July 31, 2017

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