Seven Republican Senators Who Voted Against Obamacare Repeal

By Shane Vander Hart

From Left: (Top Row) U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Dean Heller (Bottom Row) John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, and Rob Portman.

The U.S. Senate is currently debating the Republican health care bill, and several amendments are under consideration to improve upon it. U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) offered an amendment that proposed a partial repeal Obamacare instead of just tweaking it. Senate rules prohibited a complete repeal. The amendment was a clean repeal would have forced a bipartisan solution during a two-year transition period before it when into effect.

Republicans have promised repeal for years, and most Republican Senators campaigned on and voted on several times while President Obama was in office.

The measure failed 45 to 55 in a Republican majority Senate on Wednesday afternoon. Nine Republican Senators voted no. Here are the Senators who voted no.

  1. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee)
  2. U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
  3. U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine)
  4. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada)
  5. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
  6. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  7. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio)

Heller is up for reelection in 2018. Alexander, Capito, Collins are not up for reelection until 2020. Portman and Murkowski are not up for reelection until 2022. McCain just discovered he has glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, is unlikely to finish his term which ends in 2022.

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President Trump Can’t Command Through Twitter

By Shane Vander Hart

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff does not consider President Donald Trump’s tweet a direct order.

POLITICO reports that Marine General Joe Dunford said there would be no modifications to the current transgender policy (its implementation delayed six months) in an internal memo.

“I know there are questions about yesterday’s announcement on the transgender policy by the President,” Dunford wrote in the internal communication, a copy of which was provided to POLITICO. “There will be no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

“In the meantime, we will continue to treat all of our personnel with respect. As importantly, given the current fight and the challenges we face, we will all remain focused on accomplishing our assigned missions,” he continued.

General Dunford’s comments come as no surprise to me. When I first learned the news that President Trump planned to reverse President Obama’s policy I didn’t go to his Twitter account. I instead searched WhiteHouse.gov for an executive order.

First, President Trump should not have tweeted what he did. He should have discussed his intentions with the White House communications team, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of Defense that way they were all on the same page. Then when an executive order had been signed, he could have tweeted an announcement out.

Second, a President’s social media is not formal communication. He can not command through Twitter.

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