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WASHINGTON ― Democratic leaders in Congress bailed on a meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday just hours before it was set to begin, saying it would only be a “show meeting that won’t result in an agreement” and that they would be better served negotiating with their Republican counterparts.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were scheduled to go to the White House on Tuesday afternoon to negotiate a spending package to avert a government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were also set to attend the meeting with Trump.
But after Trump tweeted that he didn’t “see a deal” coming together as a result of the meeting with Democrats, Schumer and Pelosi said they would negotiate with McConnell and Ryan instead, without the president. They said they have requested a meeting with McConnell and Ryan for Tuesday afternoon.
“Given that the President doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead. … We don’t have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we’re going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement,” the Democratic leaders said in a joint statement.
They suggested the president couldn’t be trusted to operate in good faith to find an agreement and avert a shutdown.
“If the President, who already said earlier this year that ‘our country needs a good shutdown,’ isn’t interested in addressing the difficult year end agenda, we’ll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April,” Schumer and Pelosi said. “We look forward to continuing to work in good faith, as we have been for the last month, with our Republican colleagues in Congress to do just that.”
Their statement came after Trump tweeted about the scheduled meeting with Schumer and Pelosi, whom he called “Chuck and Nancy.”
“Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy’ today about keeping government open and working,” he tweeted. “Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!”
McConnell and Ryan accused Schumer and Pelosi early Tuesday afternoon of making excuses to avoid meeting with Trump.
“We have important work to do, and Democratic leaders have continually found new excuses not to meet with the administration to discuss these issues,” they said in a statement. “Democrats are putting government operations, particularly resources for our men and women on the battlefield, at great risk by pulling these antics. There is a meeting at the White House this afternoon, and if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will be there.”
“I never refused to go to a meeting that President Obama called, a bipartisan meeting,” McConnell said. “It never occurred to me that I could just say to President Obama, ‘I’m not showing up.’ That strikes me as a lack of seriousness about the matter before us.”
But as HuffPost reported in 2010, McConnell skipped a bipartisan meeting and intimate dinner with Obama. He instead went to an event ― including a dinner ― held by the conservative Federalist Society.
McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said the difference was that McConnell didn’t “turn down the meeting.”
“The WH announced a half-day meeting before checking with the participants to see if they were avail,” he said. Later in the month, congressional leaders met in the White House for a bipartisan gathering.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday’s meeting would go ahead as planned and that Democrats should attend.
“The president’s invitation to the Democrat leaders still stands and he encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work,” she said in a statement.
Democrats have said they want protections for young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to be part of a package, and some have said they wouldn’t vote for a deal that left out those so-called Dreamers. Republicans control the House, Senate and White House, but cannot avert a shutdown on their own — in the past, they’ve relied on some Democratic votes to pass funding bills.
At the White House Tuesday afternoon, Trump, as well as McConnell and Ryan, spoke to the press. The White House left two empty chairs where the Democratic leaders would have been.
Trump again said he considered the Democrats “weak on crime” and “weak on illegal immigration,” adding that he was “not that surprised” they skipped the meeting.
In September, Pelosi and Schumer held a similar sit-down with Trump and Senate Republicans at the White House ― and they walked away with the upper hand. The president agreed to their demands on funding the government and raising the debt ceiling, over the objections of the GOP leaders and his own Treasury secretary.
A week later, after a dinner meeting with the president, the Democratic leaders said they had struck a deal with Trump on extending protections for young undocumented immigrants who were losing those same protections because of an action by the president. Trump later contradicted them, saying there was no deal.
Earlier this month in an interview with HuffPost, Schumer said that despite the president’s fickleness, he was still willing to work with him ― when there was a benefit to it.
“I am not going to obstruct Donald,” Schumer said. “Here’s been my motto since I started: Go by your values. I’m not going to obstruct him for its own sake, nor am I going to compromise for its own sake. If we can keep our values and get something done by working with him, fine. So far, he’s been so hard right it’s been impossible. If it changes, it’s welcome.”
This story has been updated with a statement from Republican congressional leaders and the White House, as well as more background information.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. abruptly cancelled a meeting scheduled for Tuesday with President Trump on tax reform and government spending after the president tweeted earlier that he “doesn’t see a deal” emerging from the meeting.
Pelosi and Schumer said they will instead negotiate with congressional Republicans.
“Given that the president doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead,” they said in a joint statement. “Rather than going to the White House for a show meeting that won’t result in an agreement, we’ve asked Leader McConnell and Speaker Ryan to meet this afternoon.”
“We don’t have any time to waste in addressing the issues that confront us, so we’re going to continue to negotiate with Republican leaders who may be interested in reaching a bipartisan agreement,” they added.
Trump tweeted Tuesday morning he was meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today.
He added, “Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!”
Democrats are seeking a deal to legalize young people who came here illegally as children, but they will not agree to money for a southern border wall.
“If the president, who already said earlier this year that ‘our country needs a good shutdown,’ isn’t interested in addressing the difficult year end agenda, we’ll work with those Republicans who are, as we did in April,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “We look forward to continuing to work in good faith, as we have been for the last month, with our Republican colleagues in Congress to do just that.”
The Daily Beast reports that ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s televised crusade for three nights against a Republican health-care bill was aided by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The Democrat’s team “provided technical guidance and info about the bill, as well as stats from various think tanks and experts on the effects of [the Graham-Cassidy bill].”
Jimmy wanted to learn more about what was going on politically and policy-wise,” said a source with direct knowledge of the conversations, “[and] he wanted to fight this thing.” ABC is being used for Democrat propaganda, and then wonders: why won’t people see us as fair and balanced? Why do people call us “fake news”?
Kimmel’s spokesman Lewis Kay confirmed the scoop to CNN’s Brian Stelter: “We’ve heard from and spoken to a lot of people, including Senator Schumer and the many charities and healthcare organizations that oppose this monstrous bill.”
Molly McNearney, Kimmel’s wife and head writer, clashed with people on Twitter who suggested comedians should stay in their own lane and entertain instead of sermonize: “It would be irresponsible knowing what we know and experiencing what we experienced to ‘stay in our lane.’ Move over. We’re merging.”
Kimmel drew heavy media coverage and sympathy in May after speaking about his baby son’s congential heart defect, and how everyone should have access to life-saving care, which liberal journalists correctly saw as a pitch for Obamacare.
Sources close to Kimmel said he was prepared to speak out regardless, given [Sen.] Cassidy’s past invocation of “the Jimmy Kimmel test.” Schumer gave him encouragement to do so. The two had been in touch “periodically” over the last several months as prior legislative efforts were considered and their conversations continued when Graham-Cassidy began gaining steam. “It’s part of that continued conversation,” a source said.
Kimmel and his staff also spoke with other activists and organizations opposing Graham-Cassidy in an effort to do his due diligence and “his research,” said one person familiar with the process. People spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak freely.
After advising Kimmel on his messaging, the Democrats turned around and used Kimmel in their advertising against the “toxic health-care agenda” of the GOP: “By Thursday, Kimmel was featuring prominently in Democratic political messaging, with the party’s senate campaign arm launching digital ads in a dozen states targeting vulnerable Republican senators by invoking the late-night host’s viral pleas for health care measures that protect those with preexisting conditions.”
WASHINGTON — Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., challenged President Trump on Wednesday to invite all 100 senators for a “summit” to hash out a bipartisan health care bill.
“President Trump, I challenge you to invite us — all 100 of us, Republican and Democrat — to Blair House to discuss a new bipartisan way forward on health care in front of all the American people,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.
He added that Democrats are “genuinely interested” in coming together with Republicans on health care, as long as Republicans abandon tax cuts for wealthier Americans and cuts to the Medicaid system.
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Since the Senate Republicans’ health care effort suddenly stalled Tuesday, Schumer has been needling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to scrap his bill and instead sit down with Democrats and work to improve the existing system. McConnell is reportedly attempting to hammer out a deal by Friday and set a vote on the bill when the Senate returns from its recess in July.
If McConnell can’t get his caucus in line, the Republican leader warned, he might have to “sit down” with Schumer as well.
Any real compromise seems distant at this point, though a handful of Republican and Democratic senators have shown a willingness to explore bipartisanship in the past. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Cassidy, R-La., met with more centrist Democrats Joe Manchin, D-W.V., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in May before giving up on those talks.
For his part, McConnell has largely been wielding the specter of working with Schumer as a threat to get his fractious caucus in line. McConnell needs 50 of the 52 GOP senators to agree on a deal, and so far, about 10 Republican senators — moderates and conservatives — have refused to get in line.
“It’ll be dealt with in one of two ways,” McConnell said Tuesday after emerging from a meeting with Trump. “Either Republicans will agree and change the status quo, or the markets will continue to collapse and we’ll have to sit down with Sen. Schumer. And my suspicion is that any negotiation with the Democrats would include none of the reforms that we would like to make, both on the market side and the Medicaid side.”
Schumer, who is known as a dealmaker, would have a lot of leverage if McConnell failed to broker a deal within his own party and came to him ready to talk. As McConnell warned, any agreement with Schumer would likely not contain the changes to Medicaid and insurance exchanges backed by conservative lawmakers in both the Senate and the House.
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“We’re the first to say we want to sit down and talk to you about it, but we are not going to be in a position where we say, ‘OK, only 15 million people will be uncovered, we’ll support that bill,’” Schumer said Tuesday. “That’s not the type of compromise we’re talking about. They really need some structural revision.”
Working with Schumer would mean Senate Republicans had not only failed to repeal Obamacare — as they had promised to do eight years running — but even worked with Democrats to prop it up.
The leader of a conservative group who didn’t wish to be quoted discussing the Senate negotiations said he couldn’t imagine McConnell cutting a deal with Democrats because such a capitulation would anger the GOP base. “It’s one thing working with Nancy Pelosi to raise the debt ceiling — working with Chuck Schumer to stabilize the Obamacare markets is something else,” he said. “I think that would hurt Republicans badly.”
But Trump himself could theoretically shake up that calculus. If he were to take Schumer up on his offer, or showed interest in working with Democrats to fix problems in the exchanges, Republicans would feel pressure to fall into line. But the president didn’t seem interested in Schumer’s offer Wednesday, telling reporters, “He hasn’t been serious…He just doesn’t seem like a serious person.”
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Director : Judd Apatow (This is 40)
Starring : Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James.
Rating : ***
Carefully stays on track
Over the past few years, American comedy superstar Amy Schumer has made quite a name for herself, pushing a hyper-provocative brand of humour that erases boundaries as it crosses them.
If you have encountered Schumer either as a superb stand-up practitioner or via her brilliant TV series Inside Amy Schumer, you will already know it was just a matter of time before a transition to movies beckoned.
While Trainwreck stands as a perfectly acceptable, entry-level assignment for the big-screen debutante, it surprisingly does not play up to Schumer’s acknowledged strengths as one of mainstream comedy’s most incendiary innovators.
If anything, this moderately amusing affair plays down its star’s best assets.
Hardline fans of Schumer might be slightly disappointed by the relatively conservative tack taken here. However, the conscious compromise that has been made will definitely secure a following among those experiencing her comedy for the first time.
Schumer applies a controlled variation of her stand-up/TV persona to play Amy, a journalist for a proudly sexist men’s magazine called S’Nuff.
Initially, it is how Amy fills her non-working hours that is the principal pre-occupation of Trainwreck.
A committed commitment-phobe since her father (Colin Quinn) abandoned the family decades prior, Amy parties too hard, picks up one-night-stands too easily, and puts it all behind her the morning after (the occasional humiliating “walk of shame” notwithstanding).
The first act of Trainwreck establishes Amy’s ability to disconnect without any damaging consequences in a compelling and often very funny fashion. After all, men in this type of raunchy rom-com movie have had this character trait all to themselves for too long.
However, after putting its gender-reversal credentials on the table, Trainwreck gently sets about removing them one by one, becoming a more conventional comedy of sexual manners as it does.
The turning point for Amy comes very early and (largely because Trainwreck is directed by serial storytelling slow-coach Judd Apatow) then takes ages to be resolved.
Amy’s bizarrely aggressive editor (a near-unrecognisable and very funny Tilda Swinton) puts her on a story where she must do a hatchet job on a leading sports medico named Aaron (Bill Hader).
Somewhat predictably, the laws of opposite-attraction kick in very quickly, forcing Amy to confront and process an emotional side to her being she has suppressed for far too long.
It must be said that Schumer (who also wrote the screenplay) comes across a very assured screen presence for a first-timer with the pressure on.
Once Apatow’s sluggish pacing turns the mid-section of Trainwreck into a bit of a grind, it is Schumer’s chemistry with Hader that keeps the right amount of laughs coming.
Interestingly, the movie is actually saved from a very average outcome due to its large and unconventional supporting cast.
The aforementioned Swinton and Quinn are definite standouts, but they have plenty of company with the likes of NBA legend LeBron James (as Aaron’s overly protective and insanely frugal BFF), wrestling icon John Cena (as Amy’s self-obsessed part-time toyboy) and Brie Larson (Amy’s conservative sister) all pulling their weight when it really counts.
Originally published as Trainwreck takes Schumer to next level
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