CPI Weekly Compass for August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

Below is our Weekly Compass – a roundup of what’s on tap for conservatives this week. To get the Weekly Compass sent to your email every Monday, sign up here! Afghanistan decision forthcoming. Appeals court rules against Planned Parenthood taxpayer funding, SCOTUS next. Trump-Sessions end Operation Chokepoint. Obamacare ‘sabotage’ charges are bogus. In Charlottesville, statues aren’t the […]

Conservative Godfathers: Reflections from Don Devine, Part 1

August 17, 2017

In a city where institutional experience is often in short supply, seeking it out can be a valuable exercise. That was my goal when I sat down with Donald Devine – a former aide to President Reagan, prolific author, and intellectual godfather in the conservative movement. Devine cut his teeth in the early, salad days […]

Congressional Leaders Far Behind on 200 Day Agenda

August 10, 2017

Traditionally, new presidential administrations aim to accomplish as many legislative victories as possible within a 100 day window, attempting to ride the momentum of victory at the ballot box to real policy wins in Congress. As the History Channel notes: “The 100-days concept is believed to have its roots in France, where the concept of […]

As Congress Leaves Town, the Fall Agenda Looms

August 4, 2017

Congress officially limps into their summer recess today, leaving town with almost no legislative accomplishments despite GOP majority control of the House, Senate and White House. The real news, however, is not what they leave behind. It’s what’s ahead. Consider what’s on the fall agenda for Congress when they return to town on September 5. Government […]

Obamacare: the Bad and the…Illegal?

August 3, 2017

Though they promised to repeal it “root and branch” if voters just gave them the majority, congressional Republicans have failed, again, to muster the votes for Obamacare repeal. So what’s next? Notable author and former staffer to President Ronald Reagan, Don Devine, points out that the White House can act on some issues unilaterally. He […]

Some real talk about amendments during reconciliation

July 25, 2017

With the dramatic vote to proceed to the American Health Care Act (the repeal bill the Senate passed in 2015) this afternoon, the Senate teed up a process that will shortly move to reconciliation (more on that here). As part of the reconciliation process, members will have an opportunity to offer a virtually unlimited amount […]

Policy Spotlight: Buckle up, it’s reconciliation time

July 25, 2017

The Senate is careening toward a full on reconciliation process on their latest attempt at Obamacare repeal. What is the motion to proceed, is vote-a-rama a real thing or a circus ride, and what? The Senate will vote until 3a? From the motion to proceed to vote-a-rama, Brookings’ Molly Reynolds has a great explainer to get […]

RELEASE: DeMint Launches ‘Conservative Partnership Institute’ to Support Conservative Movement

July 25, 2017

Today, former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced that he will serve as Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), a new nonprofit focused on providing conservative leaders and staff in Washington with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to advance conservative policies in Congress. “Conservatives have built a strong system of electing new leaders to […]

BCRA unlikely to survive the Parliamentarian? Hold your horses.

July 24, 2017

On Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders released a document claiming that the Senate Parliamentarian was prepared to invalidate large portions of the BCRA as “noncompliant” with the Byrd Rule – the law that governs consideration of Senate reconciliation bills. Specifically, Sanders’ document highlighted restrictions on tax credits being used for abortion, and defunding of Palnned Parenthood, […]

The procedural origins of the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill

July 20, 2017

I’ve written here about how, in a little noticed floor fight, Senator Mike Lee laid the groundwork for the Senate’s first meaningful (that is, a vote at majority threshold, not at 60) vote on Obamacare repeal in 2015. For students of the Senate, the process by which this occurred is as instructive as it was […]

The Mike Lee Moment

July 19, 2017

In this latest iteration of the GOP health care drama, there are a handful of Senators who are defining the debate around Obamacare repeal: Rand Paul and Susan Collins, for their flat out refusal to support the BCRA in any form (though for opposite reasons); Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito for their unabashed opposition to […]

Healthcare Roundup

July 18, 2017

Like President Trump realized earlier this year, healthcare is complicated. Between reconciliation, the Byrd rule, Title I regulations and risk pools, there’s a lot to keep track of in this year’s healthcare reform debate. Check out the resources below for some guideposts. On the Senate’s bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Healthcare expert […]

Policy Spotlight: Is There One Type of Trump Voter?

July 10, 2017

Since November 8, 2016, we’ve been living in a political paradigm shift. The desires and will of the electorate – difficult to predict on a good day – have shifted seismically, forming new coalitions and disintegrating others. In particular, the Trump voters – who they are, where they live, and, ultimately, what they want – continue […]