2016’s Endangered Species: The Politician Who Bucks Party Lines Over Abortion
Two of the five Republicans who sometimes vote against their party on abortion issues face tough races, showing that lines over the politically charged topic are only sharpening. Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan backs Donald Trump's call for a special session to repeal and replace the health law.
Lawmakers Who Cross Aisle On Abortion Face Ouster
Republicans who support abortion rights are already an endangered species. But they’re likely to become nearly extinct next year in a political winnowing that is knocking off moderates on both sides — and turning the politics of abortion even more rancorous. Five Republicans in Congress regularly buck their party by supporting abortion rights. But one of those, Rep. Richard Hanna of New York, is retiring and two more — Rep. Bob Dold and Sen. Mark Kirk, both of Illinois — face uphill races. And the same narrowing is happening on the other side: No more than seven Democrats in Congress regularly vote against abortion rights. (Haberkorn, 11/3)
Ryan Embraces Trump's Call For Special Session To Repeal ObamaCare
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday embraced Donald Trump’s call for a special session of Congress to repeal ObamaCare. Ryan, who has at times had a tense relationship with Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, also said repeal of ObamaCare is a reason why Trump should be president. ... Ryan said Republicans would use a process called reconciliation, which would allow a repeal measure to get through the Senate with just a simple majority, rather than the usual 60. (Sullivan, 11/2)