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Congress heads into break with Republican promises unfulfilled

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A five-week summer break might sound sweet to many people, but maybe not to the 292 Republicans in Congress who leave Washington with none of their major legislative goals achieved after six months in power alongside President Donald Trump. With Congress due to be closed until Sept. 5, voters may ask: What happened to repealing and replacing Obamacare? Overhauling the tax code? Investing more money in job-creating infrastructure projects? The awkward answer for Republican lawmakers and Trump is “not much.”

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-idUSKBN1AJ31U?il=0

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Senate launches bill to remove immunity for websites hosting illegal content, spurred by Backpage.com – The Washington Post

The Senate on Tuesday introduced an amendment to a law that protects the hosts of websites from liability for content posted by others to go after sites such as Backpage.com that have been criticized for facilitating child sex trafficking. The legislation, along with a similar bill in the House, sets the stage for a battle between Congress and some of the Internet’s most powerful players, including Google and various free-speech advocates, who believe that Congress shouldn’t regulate Web content or try to force websites to police themselves more rigorously. The bill, titled the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017, would amend the Communications Decency Act. It is sponsored by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and a bipartisan group of 19 other senators, some of whom served on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which focused on Backpage.com in its probe of online sex trafficking. The subcommittee, chaired by Portman, issued a report in January saying that Backpage “knowingly facilitated the criminal sex trafficking of vulnerable women and young girls” by editing ads posted by pimps to remove offensive language.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/08/01/senate-launches-bill-to-remove-immunity-for-websites-hosting-illegal-content-spurred-by-backpage-com/?utm_term=.5360f3199e2b

Analysis: Can a president at war with both Republicans and Democrats govern?

From the start of his unconventional campaign two years ago, Trump has been more of a populist than a Republican, from his combative style to his protectionist stance on trade. His ability to reach voters drawn by his personal appeal rather than his party affiliation has been a source of political strength and possibility in a nation where allegiance to both Republicans and Democrats has eroded.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/30/analysis-can-president-without-party-govern/523535001/

Next Up for GOP Congress: Raising the Debt Ceiling – WSJ

Republicans are leaving town for an August recess after a failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. When they return in September, they’ll have just 12 working days to avert another big problem. In a letter to lawmakers Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the federal borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, needed to be raised by Sept. 29 or the government risked running out of money to pay its bills. The Treasury Department has been employing cash-conservation measures since March, when borrowing hit the formal ceiling of nearly $20 trillion. Those measures are expected to run out in early to mid-October. When they do, the government won’t have money to pay interest on debt, write Social Security checks or make millions of other routine payments, unless it can tap credit markets for borrowing to raise additional cash. Missing payments could send financial markets in a tailspin.

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/next-up-for-gop-congress-raising-the-debt-ceiling-1501433026

Chaffetz Rips House GOP: ‘We’re in July and Still Can’t Point to a Single Thing’ We’ve Done :: Grabien News

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Now that he’s resigned from Congress, Jason Chaffetz is unloading on Republican congressional leadership for not living up to the promises made to voters.

Chaffetz said Republicans repealed ObamaCare 50 times while he served as a congressman from Utah — but “that was pretend.”

“Now it’s real” and we’re not doing anything, he said.

“Republicans, their deal with America was: If you give us the House of Representatives, we can play defense; if you give us the Senate, we can play a little bit offense; you give us the House, the Senate, and the presidency and we can actually get things done,” Chaffetz said Wednesday night on Fox News. “And so here we are seven months into it and they haven’t even passed a bill yet.”

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https://news.grabien.com/story-chaffetz-obamacare-repeal-were-july-and-still-cant-point-sin

BREAKING: U.S. House votes to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. House of Representatives voted 238 to 183 today to permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortion.

The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act (HR 7), introduced by Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, makes permanent the so-called Hyde Amendment permanent. Thus far the amendment, whch prohibits federal money from being used to fund abortions through Medicaid, has been subject to annual renewal.

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https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/breaking-u.s.-house-votes-to-permanently-ban-taxpayer-funding-of-abortion?utm_content=buffer2af99&utm_medium=social&utm_source=endabortion%2Bfacebook&utm_campaign=buffer

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/01/24/we-are-a-pro-life-congress-house-votes-to-make-hyde-amendment-permanent/