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Democrats’ talking points: We can’t pass legislation anymore, despite majority

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Democrats have conceded they can no longer pass healthcare on their own, ensuring that their key legislative reform either dies or accepts further compromises to gain approval from Republican members.

What’s more, they’ve decided to outline their case to the public through a set of talking points issued to Democrats after Tuesday’s election upset in Massachusetts.

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Their meme? “It is mathematically impossible for Democrats to pass legislation on our own.”

The approach was endorsed despite the fact that Democrats hold a sizable majority in both the House and Senate. The Senate majority is considerably larger than the majority Republicans held over Democrats for much of President George W. Bush’s second term (2005-2007), when Republicans had 55 Senate seats.

The following talking points, issued to Senate Democratic press secretaries, were acquired by Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler.

MASSACHUSETTS ELECTION MEANS THAT SENATE REPUBLICANS HAVE MORE RESPONSIBILITY TO GOVERN, NOT OBSTRUCT

· We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate.

· While Senator-elect Brown’s victory changes the political math in the Senate, it does not change the challenges are country faces or the need to address them.

· We remain committed to strengthening our economy, creating good paying jobs and ensuring all Americans can access affordable health care.

· Senate Republicans have an obligation to the American people to join us in governing our nation through these difficult times and to help clean up the mess they left behind.

· It is mathematically impossible for Democrats to pass legislation on our own. Senate Republicans to come to the table with ideas for improving our nation and not obstructionist tactics.

· Saying “no” might be a good political strategy but it does nothing to create jobs or help improve the lives of struggling Americans.

· We understand that there is great anger, anxiety and frustration among voters as the economy continues its recovery. That is why Senate Democrats will continue to do everything that we can to strengthen our economy, put Americans back to work, reform Wall Street and address the health care crisis.

Republican Hypocrisy on Debt Limit Puts Our Economy, Seniors and Veterans at Risk

· Failing to raise the debt limit would undermine our nation’s credit worthiness, badly weaken our economy and put Social Security and veterans benefits at risk.

· In 2001, America enjoyed a $236 billion budget surplus with a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion.

o Republicans squandered those surpluses by spending wildly on massive tax breaks for the wealthy and special interests, leaving President Obama with a $1.3 trillion deficit on the day he took office last year.

· Now, as the time comes to take responsibility for those mistakes, Senate Republicans want to pass the buck.

· Senate Democrats didn’t create this problem – we are simply cleaning up the fiscal mess that we inherited from the last Administration in order to avoid the economic catastrophe that would be created if the United States defaulted on our debt.

· When they were in control, Senate Republicans voted seven times to raise the debt limit and refused to pay for the costs of major initiatives. Their claims of fiscal purity do not square with their record of wasteful spending and excess.

· Increasing the debt limit does not authorize a single penny of new spending – it allows the government to pay bills already incurred.

· Standing against this measure would demonstrate yet again that Senate Republicans have no real plan to solve our nation’s economic challenges they helped create.

· Republicans, now more than ever, have a responsibility to work with us to move our nation forward with economic policies that continue us on the path to recovery.


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Trump is ‘suffocating’ the Republican Party after losing: ex-GOP lawmaker

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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," former Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) warned that President Donald Trump is "suffocating" the GOP in the wake of his defeat in the 2020 election — beginning with the twin Senate runoff races in Georgia.

"For these two Georgia candidates ... usually you want the guy who won the state to come to town on your behalf. Donald Trump was the first Republican to lose Georgia in about 30 years," said Jolly. "So the question is why would you bring to town the Republican who became the first Republican in 30 years to lose the state of Georgia?"

"I think this will be an interesting test for today and going forward: can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump the man?" said Jolly. "It will survive Trumpism. It's stronger than ever. Republicans performed stronger than ever, just as Democrats have. Trumpism has not hurt the Republican Party by performance. Trump the man is suffocating the party. And I think that's going to be a little bit of a myopic, or a little bit of a small example of what we see in Georgia. Can the Republican Party survive Donald Trump the man? It's fine with Trumpism, but can it survive the man?"

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Melania Trump considering penning memoir: ‘She’s not done or going as quietly as you might expect’

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According to a report from Page Six, outgoing first lady Melania Trump is giving serious consideration to writing a memoir allowing her to make money on her own.

The wife of Donald Trump has been one of the most reticent of first ladies, infrequently making public statements -- often only brief comments in support of her president.

According to the report, she is now considering writing a book about her experiences, with a White House insider stating, "Melania is in meetings to write her White House memoir. And it would be her money — a chance for her to earn on her own.”

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Trump is crippling the GOP’s efforts to hold onto Georgia’s Senate seats: CNN guest

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On CNN Saturday, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Patricia Murphy broke down how President Donald Trump's attacks on the integrity of the election system in Georgia stands to undermine the GOP's efforts to turn out voters for the Senate runoffs in January.

"Does it appear that we're headed for a repeat [of November], insofar as there's going on a big mail-in balloting primarily for the Democratic candidates, and then there'll be an in-person vote for the Republican candidates, and we'll be waiting thereafter to see who really won?" asked host Michael Smerconish.

"It looks like there's going to be a large mail-in component here," said Murphy. "One big problem for Republicans is that the president has been so aggressively maligning mail-in voting, and Republicans want the mail-in votes. They want this to come in early and soon. So, we're seeing the Georgia Republican Party send out mailer after mailer, telling people to get those mail-in requests and vote absentee. And the president telling them it's a fraudulent process. The message is one thing but the reality is another, as with a lot of things down here."

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