A growing contingent of Republicans is openly questioning President Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, as key allies and powerful political players broke their silence Sunday to criticize Trump’s executive order.
Senate Foreign Relation Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), whom Trump considered picking to be his running mate and, later, secretary of state, called on the president to immediately retool the order.
“We all share a desire to protect the American people, but this executive order has been poorly implemented, especially with respect to green card holders,” Corker said in a statement. “The administration should immediately make appropriate revisions, and it is my hope that following a thorough review and implementation of security enhancements that many of these programs will be improved and reinstated.”
Republicans are back to open warfare over Obamacare.
Disparate factions of the GOP are drawing hard lines on what they’re willing to support — or not — when it comes to repealing the health care law. And the sparring raises the question of what, if anything, can pass Congress over the next few weeks.
The more centrist wing of the party wants to slow the entire process down. They say Republicans need to act deliberately to avoid public panic over millions potentially losing their insurance. The party, they argue, needs to put forward a replacement plan — or at least as much of one that can pass using a special, majority-vote mechanism — before it ditches the law. Forget the 2015 repeal bill that Barack Obama vetoed, they add: It’s not relevant now that Republicans own the problem.
“It’s not realistic,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) of the 2015 bill. “The imperative is to do it right and I don’t think that does it right. I don’t think you’ll find much currency for that approach in the Senate.”
…three Republican members of the Senate Committee for the Judiciary – the people holding up President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee – are up for re-election: Chuck Grassley (Iowa) Mike Lee (Utah) David Vitter (Louisiana)