Political Notes — Perdue’s irked because GOP senators can’t pass Obamacare repeal

[private]The latest try by the Republican-controlled Senate to pass a bill repealing Obamacare failed again, with the bill pulled from consideration Tuesday after it was determined there weren’t enough GOP votes to pass it.

There are many Republicans angry about this latest repeal failure, but perhaps none were angrier than Georgia Sen. David Perdue.

“There is a complete lack of Congressional leadership and no accountability to get results,” Perdue said in a statement issued after the latest concession of defeat.

“From the get go, three Republican Senate Chairmen failed to support our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare as we have all promised to do,” Perdue said. “Today, political interests have again outweighed our national interest.”

Perdue was referring to Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who sunk the Obamacare repeal bill when the Senate voted on it in July.

Sen. Johnny Isakson played it coy on this effort to repeal Obamacare, telling reporters he was still trying to decide whether to vote yes or no on the Graham-Cassidy bill. If the measure had actually come to the floor for a vote, however, Isakson was considered to be a sure yes vote for passage.

Healthcare advocates, hospital organizations, and progressive groups who opposed the Graham-Cassidy bill were happy to see the measure’s demise.

“Today we celebrate the fact that Perdue, Isakson, and the Republican Party have failed in the most recent scheme to take away our healthcare,” said Laura Simmons, the state director of NARAL Georgia.

“NARAL members across Georgia have made their voices heard to defeat this unpopular bill, and will continue to hold these out-of-touch politicians accountable for their fringe agenda,” Simmons said.

Moore celebrates

Roy Moore was clearly in the mood for celebrating his upset win the Alabama Senate Republican primary, sending out a fundraising release Wednesday that blistered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

This was not just a defeat. It was a good old fashioned butt-kicking. McConnell had pulled out all the stops and all the usual suspects in the Republican establishment had opened their wallets to outspend Judge Moore 20-1. It didn’t work. Alabama’s Republicans gave Moore a smashing victory!

This was a grand repudiation of Mitch McConnell and the Republican establishment, and will, we hope represent the beginning of many successful primary challenges to the dozens of squishy Republican Senators who have refused to do in Washington what they promised.

In taking a victory lap, Moore did not criticize Donald Trump, even though Trump came to Alabama in the campaign’s waning days to stump for Sen. Luther Strange.

Nestle Purina in Hartwell

Nestlé Purina PetCare Co. announced Wednesday it will spend $320 million to build a manufacturing facility and distribution center in Hartwell to produce Purina brand pet foods.

“The Hartwell site will be an excellent location for Purina’s first new U.S. factory in 20 years,” said John Bear, vice president of manufacturing for Nestlé Purina. “We’re very excited and look forward to closing on the property and bringing more quality jobs to the state of Georgia, as well as expanding Purina capacity and distribution in the Southeast.”

Purina officials said the new facility could create as many as 240 jobs over the next five years.

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