Conservative Republicans opposed to the health care reform bill offered by their leadership have forced a delay in a vote on the measure, which was expected to happen Thursday. House GOP leadership announced they will push the vote back about 2:30 Central Time after a flurry of meetings between Republican members of the Freedom Caucus, moderates pushing the plan, and the White House. The delay is seen as a rebuke of the Trump administration, which has brought pressure to bear in an attempt to bring those more conservative members on board. Those Republicans opposed to the bill in its current form generally want deeper cuts in spending on the program. Some have called it “Obamacare Light,” and say it doesn’t offer enough substantial changes to current law. Those in favor of the bill argue it eliminates the mandate, and puts choice back in the hands of consumers. There’s no official announcement on when House Speaker Paul Ryan might try to reschedule a vote.
The CEO of a Connecticut-based marketing firm says job applicants must pass what he has dubbed the “snowflake test” before he will hire them. In an interview with Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, Silent Partner Marketing CEO Kyle Reyes defined a snowflake as “somebody who is going to whine and complain and come to the table with nothing but an entitled attitude and an inability to back their perspective.” Some of the questions on the test include a job candidate’s position and beliefs on America, guns, and police. Reyes said he’s not worried about discrimination lawsuits because he believes the test is really just the same kind of personality assessment that companies do routinely in job interviews. He says roughly 60-percent of applicants have not passed his test. Click here to see the whole “Snowflake Test”.
A Tulsa parent is speaking out after she says her daughter had a birth control implant embedded into her arm during a trip from school. >> Read more trending news Miracle Foster says her parental rights were violated. It all started when her 16-year-old daughter attended a Youth Services of Tulsa lecture about sex education at Langston Hughes Academy. After one of the sessions, the teen and other girls reportedly said they wanted to learn more, and the school arranged for Youth Services of Tulsa to pick them up and take them to a clinic. Rodney L. Clark, the school's principal, says he called Foster to get permission to allow her daughter to go on the trip before they left. Foster says that her daughter then received a three-year Norplant implant at the clinic without her parental consent. Representatives from Youth Services of Tulsa say they do not have to tell a parent about any contraceptives given to minors. Title X federal guidelines allows for teens as young as 12 to receive various forms of contraceptives without a parent's consent. They also said they merely inform and transport teens to the clinics of their choice. They are not involved in the conversations between the teens and the physicians at theses clinics. Foster told FOX23 that she feels that she and her daughter should have had the opportunity to discuss what's best for her. Clark released a statement Wednesday: 'This was not a field trip. Youth Services of Tulsa does an annual in-service on Sex Education. They offer students an opportunity to contact them on their own for more information. The parent gave her child permission to leave the school. Under Title X once young people are at the clinic and are of reproductive age, they can make decisions on their own without parental consent. As you can understand this situation involves a minor and we do not release information about students. Nevertheless, the student was well within their rights of Title X which is a federal guideline that provides reduced cost family planning services to persons of all reproductive age.
President Donald Trump has used his traditional pipeline to the people to help gain support for his plan to abolish Obamacare. >> Read more trending news Hours before the vote is set to begin, Trump posted a video that spells out what he says were lies given to the American people when the Affordable Care Act went into existence while not explaining what his proposed American Health Care Act, or AHCA, does. Trump also encourages people to call lawmakers to show their support of AHCA. NBC News reported that he does not have enough votes to pass the AHCA, but negotiations went into the night. The House is scheduled to vote on the plan Thursday.
Police responded to a call of a domestic fight with a gun around 1:30 a.m. near Pine and Yale. When officers arrived, the suspect charged one of the cops and bit him on the hand. The officer was treated with a tetanus shot but is otherwise OK. KRMG news has learned officers were forced to tase Manuel Garcia-Perez before taking him into custody. The victim allegedly declined to cooperate as a victim of domestic violence and refused to press charges. Garcia-Perez was arrested and jailed on complaints of assault on police and obstruction.
Vice President Mike Pence made history on Tuesday, casting the first tie breaking vote in the U.S. Senate to help confirm a Cabinet nominee, as the Senate voted 51-50 to approve President Trump’s pick for Education Secretary over the strong objections of Democrats.
“It’s not Democrats who are bitter about the election,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer. “It’s the American people who are bitter about the nomination of Betsy DeVos.”
Democrats had kept the Senate in all night to make their arguments against DeVos, mainly zeroing in on her lack of experience with public education.
“Betsy DeVos called traditional public education a dead end,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who blasted DeVos as “someone who has never worked in a public school, never gone to a public school, never been a parent of somebody in a public school.”
But Democrats were unable to get one more vote to sink the DeVos nomination; Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) were the only two Republicans to break ranks and vote against DeVos.
And when the vote ended in a tie, Vice President Mike Pence took the chair to cast a historic tie-breaking vote.
“On this vote, the Yeas are 50, the Nays are 50; the Senate being equally divided, the Vice President votes in the affirmative, and the nomination is confirmed,” Pence announced.
It was the first tie-breaking vote cast by a Vice President since Dick Cheney; Joe Biden never had that opportunity during his eight years in office.
“I congratulate Betsy DeVos on her confirmation as our nation’s next Secretary of Education,” said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. “The President made an excellent choice to lead the Department of Education.”
Republicans ready to move on other top Trump nominees
With the DeVos nomination out of the way, Republicans signaled they will move on to other major nominations of President Trump, moving first to the choice of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Attorney General.
A final vote on Sessions could come by late on Wednesday; then the Senate is expected to move on to nominations for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Treasury Department.
Here is what the rest of the week might look like:
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.