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US Congress: Republicans rush for the exits to imperil Trump’s midterm hopes

by Alan Yuhas, The Guardian, 2/1/18

Dozens of Republicans are rushing for the exits on Capitol Hill in an exodus which has dramatically raised Democratic hopes of shifting the balance of power in Washington DC.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, the Republican who made headlines with a crusade to investigate Hillary Clinton, announced his retirement on Wednesday, becoming the 38th Republican to announce they would be giving up their seat in Congress since Donald Trump’s inauguration last year.

Gowdy and other Republicans cheered the president on during his state of the union address, chanting “USA” and standing to applaud his agenda.

But many of the same lawmakers have said they have had enough of Washington and the chaos in the White House, gridlock at work and angry voters back home.

Midterm elections in November give Democrats a strong chance of winning the 24 seats they need to seize back the House and jeopardizing the president’s agenda….

keep reading at The Guardian. on a local one of the 38, see “Meehan is out after this year.”

Trump Score update

From fivethirtyeight, after the votes on the tax bill and funding extension. The score measures how often a legislator votes as Trump wishes. The site also compares the Trump Score to the 2016 Trump Margin, which was slightly negative in CDs 6 and 7 (i.e., Clinton won those two districts).

Pat Toomey (US Senate): 90.7%
Bob Casey (US Senate): 28.6%
Lloyd Smucker (US House PA-16): 98.3%
Ryan Costello (US House PA-06): 92.9%
Pat Meehan (US House PA-07): 88.1%

Trump Score updates

Data from FiveThirtyEight.com

Congratulations to Rep. Costello (R-06), whose Trump Score has declined from 94% to 90.6%, since he voted against H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (which passed the House; it would allow anyone in the country who has a concealed gun permit to carry a gun anywhere, obviously an invitation for mayhem and anathema to those who believe states still have some rights). He is now 24.5% more Trump-friendly than his district.

Rep. Meehan (R-07) has sunk to a Trump Score of 85.7%, based on the same vote. His voting record is now 25.2% more “Trumpish” than his district.

Rep. Smucker (R-16), meanwhile, has boosted his Trump Score to 96.4% by voting for H.R.38, but his ‘Trump plus-minus” score is only 16.6% since his is a much more conservative district.

Sen. Toomey has achieved a 90.4% Trump Score, about 3 times Sen, Casey’s 29.6%. Naturally there are some votes where the parties actually still agree, like confirming an FBI director or keeping the US government open for business.

The Trump Score measures how often a legislator votes as Number 45 wishes.

Sen. Casey stands with the DREAMers

Here, in the light of yesterday’s pro-DACA rally in West Chester, are Senator Casey’s strong words of support for DACA earlier this fall, from Bob Casey U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, September 5, 2017

Casey Statement On Trump’s Decision To End DACA

Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released the following statement following the President’s decision to put an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

“The ‘Dreamers’ are young people who have lived in our country since they were children. They have been law-abiding residents who have learned English, paid taxes and secured jobs that allow them to support themselves and their families. Our government promised them that they would be protected if they came forward and now President Trump is breaking that promise.

President Trump’s action today is an insult to America and our values. This action is profoundly unjust, immoral and without regard for basic fairness. Tearing apart the lives of these young people will make our nation less safe, and harm our economy. According to the CATO Institute, deporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients would cost more than $60 billion and would result in a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates that the 1.3 million young people enrolled in or eligible for DACA pay $2 billion each year in state and local taxes.

It’s clear that Republicans in Washington and the Trump Administration are not serious about fixing the problem of illegal immigration, securing our border and reforming our immigration system. Instead, their only plan is to deport 11 million individuals, including 790,000 Dreamers. Congress should move immediately to pass the bipartisan Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would allow the Dreamers to become permanent residents if they meet the very stringent qualifications outlined in the bill.”