There are several amusing stories today in the news, each of which carries the theme that the GOP is aligning with President Obama. Let’s start with an easy one: Mitch McConnell used the whip to get the Senate to approve Loretta Lynch’s nomination to Attorney General. The GOP is permanently scarred from that fiasco, failing to approve the nomination of a highly-qualified African-American woman to the office in a timely manner.
Second, bears the headline: “Republicans debate keeping ObamaCare subsidies until 2017.” Here is what is most significant about this debate.
Republicans are admitting there there is a population in need of affordable healthcare. They are debating how to shove the responsibility back to the states, or keeping a “temporary” federal subsidy in place while the Supreme Court evaluates the case about the legality of Obamacare.
What that means is that the Supreme Court is observing the Republican debate and the content of that will influence them. They can clearly see the need, which will demand Congressional action. For those Republicans wanting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and the benefit altogether, they are going to have a hard fall because the need is apparent.
The House is drafting back up plans from considering a host of different ideas.
“Congressional Republicans are locked in a debate about whether to temporarily keep in place the ObamaCare subsidies that are at risk of being struck down at the Supreme Court.
More than a half-dozen competing plans have already been put forward in response to the King v. Burwell case, and Republicans are anxious to unify behind one before the ruling comes down in June.
The stakes are high, as a ruling against the healthcare law could strip federal aid from an estimated 7.5 million people ahead of the 2016 elections, with red states hit particularly hard.
But the push to find a “backup plan” for ObamaCare is meeting resistance on the right, with conservative groups viewing it as a capitulation to a law that they want to repeal root and branch.”
Seeing this, the Court can logically conclude that there is a need for the law and that it needs to be fixed by Congress, not trashed. Or, they may decide that the law is just fine the way that it is.
One clear headline is: “House panel approves Obama trade powers bill”. In this instance, the GOP House and Obama are in alignment about the trade bill. While Democrats may debate it, the GOP and President believe that the agreement is good for American business, including American workers.
“House panel approves Obama trade powers bill
By Vicki Needham – 04/23/15 07:48 PM EDT
House Republicans on Thursday put their weight behind White House-backed trade legislation that would pave the way for passage of sweeping global agreements.
The House Ways and Means Committee approved a trade promotion authority (TPA) measure — 25-13 — with only two Democrats lending their support to the divisive bill, highlighting the difficulty President Obama is having courting members of his own party.
As expected, Democratic Reps. Ron Kind (Wis.) and Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) backed the measure.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the Ways and Means panel, argued that TPA, also known as fast-track, “gets us a seat at the table to write the rules on the global economy” and said Congress must pass the measure or risk the failure of the ambitious trade agenda.
Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) argued “the world is not standing still” and that economic activity is moving at “a furious pace in Asia and around the world.”
“We need to be sending the signal that American leadership is back … [and] we’re back fully engaged in economic foreign policy,” he said.”