The Vermont senator does not support Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s decision to filibuster the Gorsuch nomination, which would effectively block a full Senate vote.
The messy fight over the bill — waged among Republicans who control both Congress and the White House — was an embarrassing failure for the party, which has pledged for seven years to eliminate one of President Barack Obama’s signature achievements.
The legislation — drafted and promoted chiefly by Speaker Paul Ryan and the president — has been flayed in recent days by Republicans of all stripes.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., reiterated her concern that Neil Gorsuch would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Gorsuch tersely replied, “No one is looking to return us to horse-and-buggy days.”
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Tuesday that the interests promoting Neil Gorsuch’s nomination have an agenda. “They’re confident you share their agenda,” he told the nominee.
Leahy: “I do not know of any other Supreme Court nominee who was selected by special interest groups rather than by a president in consultation with the Senate.”
The congressman and Sen. Ed Markey are sponsoring legislation that would include privacy rights involving the collection of information by drones.
The president’s plan eliminates many federal programs and shifts the financial and regulatory burden of government on to the states. Read VTDigger’s complete analysis of how the budget would impact Vermont.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., says members of Congress did not receive details about the complexities of the plan and no witnesses were called for guidance before two panels passed the American Health Care Act.
He and other state attorneys general say the new order would bring the same economic harm and injustice to states as the first one, which a federal judge blocked.
That would start with 14 million in the first year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The plan would also reduce the deficit.
Fox eventually settled with Gretchen Carlson for $20 million, publicly apologized and pushed out CEO Roger Ailes out. Carlson says a forced arbitration clause prohibited her from speaking out.
Under a Medicaid block grant plan, states would be given greater flexibility with federal money, but spending would be capped.
Welch urged the president to harness his business background and strike a huge deal for the American people.