Category Archives: Verbatim

Graham Equates Nunes to Inspector Clouseau

“The problem that he’s created is he’s gone off on a lark by himself, sort of an Inspector Clouseau investigation.”

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by Politico, on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).

Crist Can Muster No Sympathy for GOP

“I almost feel sorry for them. But I don’t.”

— Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), quoted by Roll Call, on the challenges Republicans faced on health care.

GOP’s Agenda in a Shambles

“I don’t know that we could pass a Mother’s Day resolution right now.”

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), quoted by Politico, on the GOP’s agenda.

Rooney Can’t Name One GOP Positive in Eight Years

“I’ve been in this job eight years, and I’m wracking my brain to think of one thing our party has done that’s been something positive, that’s been something other than stopping something else from happening. We need to start having victories as a party. And if we can’t, then it’s hard to justify why we should be back here.”

— Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), quoted by The Atlantic.

Republicans Worried About the Party, Not Just the Bill

“If we don’t pass this out of the House, this is the beginning of the end for us as a Republican Party.”

— Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), quoted by the Tampa Bay Times, on the GOP Obamacare replacement.

Tillerson’s Wife Made Him Do It

“I didn’t want this job. I didn’t seek this job. My wife told me I’m supposed to do this.”

— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in an interview with IJR.

Sanders: Trumpcare Will Kill Thousands

That’s what this legislation is about. And it must be defeated. I hope there is enough sense among some of the Republicans to vote against it.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), slamming the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan as “disgusting” and “immoral,” predicting that “thousands of Americans will die” if it becomes law, Politico reports.

Maintaining Trump Brand Integrity

Trump is not clamoring to put his name on this bill, and he’s put his name on some of the shittiest products in human history.

John Oliver

Cotton to House: Beware the Consequences of a Vote for Trumpcare

I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives with whom I served: Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate, and then have to face the consequences of that vote.

— Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), on This Week.

Trump Voters Biggest Losers Under Trumpcare

“Americans who swept President Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,” according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of county voting and tax credit data. “Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000. In nearly 1,500 counties nationwide, such a person stands to lose more than $6,000 a year in federal insurance subsidies. Ninety percent of those counties backed Trump, the analysis shows.”