It is interesting to hear Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan start every conversation with some reference to the “overwhelming mandate given the Republican Party” by the American people in the recent election.
Presumably they mean the national election, where they lost seats in both the House and Senate, lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes and won the Electoral College by the 14th-lowest margin of victory in 45 elections. Quite a mandate!
As citizens, we should be especially proud of House Republicans who, in setting up new rules for how they would conduct business, initially voted (secretly, in closed caucus) to gut the House Ethics Commission, a position they were forced to abandon after an outraged response from constituents. Ask your representative how they voted on this matter. I predict they will answer that, of course, they were personally opposed to this measure and voted against it. But since it was passed by a large majority, that means most of these answers will by lies.
Another new rule House Republicans passed was to exempt the repeal of the Affordable Care Act from oversight by the Congressional Budget Office. This nonpartisan agency exists for the sole purpose of reporting to Congress, and the American public, the economic effect of bills passed by Congress. Since repeal of the ACA is Republicans’ “most important thing to do first,” you would think they would want us to know how much this was going to help us all, but apparently they don’t want us to know that.
According to current CBO estimates, it will result in 20 million people losing health care, (including 6 million core Trump supporters), 3 million health-care jobs lost and 1.5 trillion dollars lost GNP.
— Stewart Kunselman,