Maine’s congressional delegation is split on a month-long funding bill passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday as the Senate looks mired in a dispute over immigration.
Observers in both parties think it’s a good idea, but the Legislature has long been loathe to limit its responsibilities.
Assistant House Majority Leader Jared Golden says Democrats don’t intend to engage the governor on a funding battle around Medicaid expansion and that LePage can bet on a lawsuit if he doesn’t act.
Republicans would like to keep stalling the voter-approved law, while Democrats want to fund it with no apparent plan. It’s a standoff not likely to be broken in 2018.
Activists are up in arms over a bill that would bar petitioners from polling places and a massive crowd is expected at a hearing on the Legislature’s first day of 2018 tomorrow.
Collins hasn’t seen a final bill, but a spokeswoman says she’s confident that her amendments are in the package with possible improvements. But she’s facing protests at home and in Washington.
Ben Chin has a chance to put Lewiston under firm Democratic control in Tuesday’s mayoral race. Shane Bouchard can continue a recent and partial Republican trend there.
Susan Collins isn’t sure where Congress’ final tax bill is going to wind up, a group of Maine hard-liners is linked to Alabama’s heated Senate race and it’s Paul LePage vs. Bernie Sanders in Lewiston’s mayoral race.
The congressman from Maine’s 2nd District is among a group of Republicans calling for a “balanced approach” around an Obama-era immigration policy. A coalition led by the Maine Chamber of Commerce wants a solution, too.
The Maine senator is facing protests and challenges about how she has pitched the bill’s deficit impact, but she’s asking for more money to offset proposed health care changes.