Here’s how many Republican senators may oppose Trump’s emergency | House ‘Medicare for All’ bill to serve as 2020 yardstick

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As many as 10 Senate Republicans could support a resolution of disapproval on President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration if a vote were held today, according to a Politico report citing four GOP senators who took part in a tense meeting.

That’s far more than the four needed to pass the legislation on a simple majority and force Trump to issue his first presidential veto, but not enough to deliver a veto-proof supermajority.

The House’s 245-182 vote on Tuesday to block Trump’s national emergency declaration has thrown the political hot potato to the Republican-run Senate. The president issued the declaration earlier this month in a bid for billions of extra dollars for his proposed wall at the southern border.

House Democrats’ ‘Medicare for All’ bill to serve as 2020 yardstick: House Democrats on Wednesday are expected to introduce a “Medicare for All” bill that would create a new federally financed health system.

The legislation from Reps. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Debbie Dingell of Michigan and others is largely symbolic because Republicans hold the Senate and the White House, but it will play a large role in the 2020 presidential race by serving as a yardstick for progressive Democratic candidates, a Wall Street Journal report noted.

Most of Massachusetts congressional delegation holds off on endorsing Warren: A Boston Globe survey of the Massachusetts congressional delegation shows more members have held off on endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren — the state’s senior U.S. senator — than have announced they are backing her national bid.

It’s key for a presidential candidate to announce support from their home-state colleagues, the report added. Sen. Cory Booker, for example, boasted last week that all other members of the U.S. House and Senate from his home state of New Jersey have endorsed his presidential campaign.

How the U.S. might be able to afford the Green New Deal: Some commentators have been calling the Green New Deal unaffordable, but a Colorado State University economics professor says he disagrees.

“I believe there are two straightforward ways to cover the cost and help accelerate the green revolution, while lowering the overall price tag,” writes Edward Barbier, who is also the author of the United Nations Environment Program’s Global Green New Deal.

In a column for The Conversation, he suggests a carbon tax and raising taxes on the highest-earning Americans.

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