by Countable | 6.15.17
Good morning, CountaBuddies!
Though partisan rancor still reigns among political pundits (looking at you Newt Gingrich!) and a few members of Congress, by and large, unity remains the theme on Capitol Hill today. It should last until this evening, when the Congressional Baseball Game begins at Nationals Park. No telling what will happen come tomorrow.
President Trump has a fairly light schedule and has not abandoned his usual daily routine, beginning the morning with a tweet storm. Last we heard he won’t be at the Congressional Baseball Game tonight, but we hope he’ll show up for bipartisanship.
The president returns to a focus on Workforce Development Week today, dropping by a Governor’s workforce roundtable and then delivering remarks from the White House and signing an executive order.
This afternoon the president and First Lady will attend the Investiture Ceremony of Neil Gorsuch at the Supreme Court.
Voting on a bill delayed from yesterday regarding premium tax credits for veterans using private insurance.
Voting on a bill to extend AHCA Health Insurance Tax Credits to include COBRA coverage.
Send healing thoughts to Steve Scalise, CountaBuddhas. The last update is that he is still in critical condition.
"Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too." — Yogi Berra
— Asha Sanaker
Written by Countable
I do think that this administration has spread a message of hate by creating legislation that leaves millions without health care, treats opposing parties as the enemy, and treats immigrants as subhuman. When 45's son actually states that people who oppose his father are not human, he encourages and endorses this hate! At what point does this administration wake up and realize they are contributing to the growing public anger that is visible in town hall meetings. Congress needs to work together to help all Americans and stop creating hate bills!
Bipartisanship is not a coat to be put on for special events. Reps need to come to work to get things done not with a "my way or the highway" attitude, but rather with a forthright intention to accomplish as much as they can through debate, negotiation and compromise. That cannot happen now because the members of Congress do not have the same goals. Some are working for the good of the American people and the country, while others are working for the good of the corporations who contribute to their election. Until everyone has the same goal of serving the country, the negative and harmful results will continue. Everyone at a baseball game knows what the goals are and works towards them. Easy peasy. Perhaps members of Congress have to have a frank talk about what their purpose is, why they were elected and what the goals are. If they are not in agreement about that basic thing, how the heck will they be in agreement about the more complex matters that come before them?
Work to investigate Russian attacks on USA in a non-partisan way and get the entire truth - no more of the corruption and lies. Work in a non-partisan way to keep and strengthen ACA and fund ACA and support ACA - take care of USA citizens. Stop the corruption and cronyism and uphold your oath of office. Enact sensible gun control practices - it can be done without being overly restrictive. There is real work to do. Respect your nation and its citizens and do work that is truly 'for the people ' - not work for a few billionaires. After work enjoy your non-partisan baseball game, while many Americans go to their second job that allows them to afford rent and food. Be sure you sing the national anthem and say the pledge of allegiance to our nation (note it is not an allegiance to any person or position ) - and mean it when you say it. Uphold your oath of office.
My thoughts and prayers are with all MOC's! Enjoy the game tonight!
Here's an idea, play Dems and Reps on the same team. Divide them using some other difference, east v west.