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LieparDestin

Progressive House Dem pushes for vote on ‘Medicare for all’ bill

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a top progressive Democrat in the House, on Tuesday called for hearings and a vote on “Medicare for all” legislation now that her party has taken back the House.

“We are going to be pushing for it to get a hearing….to have this debate on the floor,” Jayapal said on an organizing call with the National Nurses United union on Tuesday night.

Jayapal, who is co-chair of the Medicare for All caucus in the House, said it is not enough for Democrats to just say they are cosponsors of Medicare for All. Now that Democrats have won back the House, she said, “when we have that majority we need to make sure that we put it to use.”

However, House Democratic leadership has not expressed a willingness to hold a vote on Medicare for All, and top leaders have not signed onto the legislation.

Organizers from liberal groups, led by National Nurses United, said on the call that they are going to be organizing grassroots support, including phone calls especially targeting the the 13 House Democrats on the key committees of Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce who they said have not signed onto the Medicare for All bill yet.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the idea’s leading champion, also joined the call and called for “massive grassroots support” to push for Medicare for all.

polarbear4

Another reason for Pelosi NO.

Torabs
Torabs

Fantastic. Jayapal continues to be under-recognized as a progressive, and I’m happy to see her take the lead on this.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

I doubt Merkley would run for President (long shot) if he had to give up his Senate seat (sure thing).

https://www.wweek.com/news/2018/11/13/jeff-merkley-seeks-oregon-law-change-to-clear-the-way-for-2020-presidential-bid/

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is openly mulling a run for president. But a bid for the White House carries risks: By state law, he would have to give up his Senate seat to run.

“A person may not be a candidate for more than one lucrative office to be filled at the same election,” says Oregon Revised Statutes 249.013.

Salem sources tell WW Merkley has quietly asked state legislators for a change in Oregon law so he can run for both president and the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Earlier this month, New Jersey approved a similar request by Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who like Merkley is up for re-election in two years.

TheLeftistheCenter

Though I think Merkley is pretty good for a Senator he is just far too meek for the kind of president we need right now, like Warren he is far better than the more establishment candidates, but lacks the Brazenness needed to really fight the establishment and would end up likely getting little accomplished.

Bernie just makes everyone else look mediocre, hes bold, hes active, hes experienced, hes incorruptible, he has good relations with both sides and knows how to use the bully pulpit like no one since Teddy Roosevelt.

He is uniquely a complete package and if he runs its going to be a blow out this time because many who didn’t quite get it last time realize now he is what we need.

magsview

Scott stood beside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for a photo op

Did the camera self-destruct??

orlbucfan

Don’t we wish it would have exploded on both of them? Talk about vermin. It is still in recount down here. Sick Rott has gotten away with so much brazen criminal activity, he figures he’s teflon coated.

wi60

Walker thought he was Teflon too but WI woke up –FINALLY!!!!

jcitybone

There are some reasons to criticize Perez, but certainly not this one

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/congressional-black-caucus-votes-no-confidence-in-democratic-chief-chair-tom-perez

Congressional Black Caucus members aren’t happy with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, taking a symbolic vote Wednesday voicing their displeasure with his leadership of the party.

Members passed a measure inside their caucus stating they have “no confidence” in Perez as DNC chair. Black Caucus members remain upset with how Perez handled the historic August vote to strip superdelegates of their power during the party’s presidential nominating process. The changes block superdelegates — elected officials and party leaders — from casting a vote for any presidential candidate unless a second ballot is required at the 2020 national convention.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., confirmed to the Washington Examiner that the vote passed for a “combination of reasons,” but the primary reason was the superdelegate reforms adopted by the DNC earlier this year. Perez took over the DNC in early 2017

humphrey

I agree. The superdelegates should be removed entirely. The CBC is in the pocket of Clinton.

wi60

No compromise they need to be gone 110% no exceptions.

humphrey

Not sure if this was previously mentioned but it blows my mind.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-military-edge-has-eroded-to-a-dangerous-degree-study-for-congress-finds/2018/11/13/ea83fd96-e7bc-11e8-bd89-eecf3b178206_story.html?utm_term=.1660ebc49d29

The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense strategy.

The National Defense Strategy Commission, made up of former top Republican and Democratic officials selected by Congress, evaluated the Trump administration’s 2018 National Defense Strategy, which ordered a vast reshaping of the U.S. military to compete with Beijing and Moscow in an era of renewed great-power competition.

he commission said that despite a $716 billion American defense budget this year, which is four times the size of China’s and more than 10 times that of Russia, the effort to reshape the U.S. defense establishment to counter current threats is under-resourced. It recommended that Congress lift budget caps on defense spending in the next two years that in the past have hobbled the military’s ability to plan for the long term.

The call for even more robust defense spending comes as the Democrats take over the House and seek rollbacks of key Pentagon programs. It also comes after the White House instructed the Pentagon to pare back its planned budget for the coming year by about 4.5 percent, or approximately $33 billion, after the federal deficit increased sharply following last year’s tax cut.

There is more at the link but the essence of it “MORE MONEY” and be very afraid.

orlbucfan

MICC has been stealing and sucking money from taxpayers for probably longer than my lifespan. Remember the $1000+ cost of a toilet? The F-35? The list of scams is endless and the incompetence matches it.

humphrey

humphrey

LieparDestin

Work gave us tickets to a Mavericks game last night so Im still recovering from lack if sleep, will miss putting up a post today, sorry!

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