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We gauged where senators stand in relation to President Trump on a wide range of controversial issues: Whether they supported or criticized Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey in May, whether they supported or criticized the Senate’s unpopular repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act in July, and whether they supported or criticized a proposed budget Trump released in May. We also looked at a senator’s overall rhetoric toward Trump since he was inaugurated, and how they reacted to Trump’s comments on the Charlottesville protests.

Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey Senators were measured on their public statements about Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James B. Comey on May 9. For each senator, The Fix took into consideration whether the senators criticized, praised or declined to comment on the president’s dismissal of Comey. In May, Trump said he fired Comey at the urging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein. Two days after Comey was fired, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt that he made the decision on his own, citing Comey’s involvement in the Russia investigation.

Repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act Senators were measured on their public statements and voting record on the Senate’s health-care bill. For each senator, The Fix gave particular weight to what senators said and how they voted on the motion to begin debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act on July 25, following Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) return to Washington. In July, the GOP’s seven-year quest to repeal and replace Obamacare, one of Trump’s hallmark campaign promises, was halted when three GOP senators voted against the bill.

White House budget Senators were measured on their public statements following the release of the White House Budget for fiscal 2018 on May 23. For each senator, The Fix took into consideration whether they openly criticized, praised or declined to comment on the budget. Highlights of the White House budget include increased spending on defense, such as money for President Trump’s proposed border wall, and decreased funding for several social welfare programs, science and research, as well as the arts.

Overall rhetoric Senators were measured on their public statements about Trump and his ability to lead the country. For each senator, The Fix took into consideration whether they have openly criticized, praised or declined to comment on the president since he took office.

Charlottesville protests Senators were measured on their public statements following Trump’s remarks on the violence at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12. For each senator, The Fix took into consideration whether they openly criticized, praised or declined to comment on the president’s remarks, including his statements to reporters during a news conference on Aug.15. Trump was widely criticized for his initial statements, for placing the blame for the violence “on many sides” and for not condemning white-nationalist groups by name.

On each measure, senators were assigned one of the following categories:

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Collectively, these measures show which Republican senators have usually fallen in line with Trump, and which have spoken and acted out. We will continue to update this graphic with new issues and as the relationships between the president and these senators evolve.

Lamar Alexander  — Tenn.

“Governing is about setting priorities, and the federal debt is not the result of Congress overspending on science and energy research each year.”

— Alexander, along with five other GOP senators, said in a May 18 letter to Trump regarding proposed budget cuts.

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John Barrasso  — Wyo.

But we all got elected to legislate. And that's why we're here. You know, people have campaigned, Republicans, over the years to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is our chance.

— Barasso said during a “Face the Nation” interview July 18 ahead of the final push to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Roy Blunt  — Mo.

“I think the president is uniquely positioned to bring change to a system that people think needs to change.”

— Blunt said to reporters May 16 about Trump’s decision to fire Comey.

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John Boozman  — Ark.

“Obamacare is not sustainable and preserving the status quo is not an option.”

— Boozman said in a statement July 25 after voting to begin debate to repeal Obamacare.

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Richard Burr  — N.C.

“I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.”

— Burr said in a statement on May 9, the day Comey was fired.

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Shelley Moore Capito  — W.Va.

“I did not come to Washington to hurt people.”

— Capito said in a July 18 statement, issued as senate leadership considered repealing Obamacare without a replacement. Trump also said that day the GOP should “let Obamacare fail.”

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Bill Cassidy  — La.

It “obviously wasn’t adequate.”

— To the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Trump’s initial response to the Charlottesville attack.

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Thad Cochran  — Miss.

“It is an opportunity for Congress to reexamine programs across the government, and to address the significant fiscal challenges that face our country.”

— The Senate Appropriations Committee chairman said in a May 23 statement on Trump’s detailed 2018 budget request.

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Susan Collins  — Maine

“I’m worried.”

— Collins was caught on a hot mic talking about President Trump with Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) during a July Appropriations Committee hearing.

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Bob Corker  — Tenn.

“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful. And we need for him to be successful.”

— Corker said to reporters in Tennessee after Trump’s response to Charlottesville.

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John Cornyn  — Tex.

“Now more than ever the country needs a well-credentialed, independent FBI director.”

— Cornyn said in a May 16 statement after pulling his name out of the running for the job.

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Tom Cotton  — Ark.

“It’s clear from Rod Rosenstein’s letter that he had lost confidence in Director Comey. It’s hard to stay on the job under those circumstances.”

— Cotton said in an initial statement after Trump fired Comey

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Mike Crapo  — Idaho

“Frankly, putting in someone who’s new and fresh, and doesn’t have the taint that Director Comey has, could, I think, very legitimately be explained as an improvement or an assurance to everyone that we’ve got someone independent who will get in there and pursue this.”

— Crapo said in a May 10 Wyoming radio interview after Trump fired Comey.

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Ted Cruz  — Tex.

“We had a very nice evening with the president and first lady, with Heidi and the girls.”

— Trump’s former rival for the Republican presidenital nomination tweeted after dining with him at the White House on March 9.

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Steve Daines  — Mont.

“I have been frustrated with the lack of transparency and the lack of visibility that we are having in this process. I want to see a bill. Put down all these thoughts now in a bill so we can look at it. Then we can really have the best dialogue and conversation once you actually see it in a proposed law. It needs to be posted soon. I hope we get to see it next week.”

— Daines told Lee Montana newspapers in June before senators had seen a draft the health-care bill.

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Mike Enzi  — Wyo.

“Just like hardworking American families, the government can’t continually spend more than it makes. What happens when we run out of financial gimmicks? It is time for Congress and the president to do what every American family has to do, live within our means.”

— Enzi said in a statement about the president’s 2018 budget proposal.

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Joni Ernst  — Iowa

“I’m hopeful that — should anything like that ever occur again — that the president would be right out there saying, ‘This is not okay.’”

— Ernst said about Trump’s statement on Charlottesville while speaking in front of a small crowd gathered at a middle school in northwest Iowa.

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Deb Fischer  — Neb.

“Director Comey was involved in a number of political controversies that undermined his credibility for the past year. The FBI and the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee are continuing to investigate Russia’s role in the election.”

— Fischer said in statment to the Omaha World-Herlad on May 11, following Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

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Jeff Flake  — Ariz.

“To carry on in the spring of 2017 as if what was happening was anything approaching normalcy required a determined suspension of critical faculties and tremendous powers of denial.”

— Flake wrote in an editorial in Politico following the publishing of his new book.

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Cory Gardner  — Colo.

“This president has done an incredible job of naming terrorism around the globe as evil. ... He has said and called it out time and time again. And this president needs to do exactly that today.”

— Gardner said in an interview on CNN following Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville in which he blamed the violence on “many sides” without specifically condemning white nationalists.

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Lindsey O. Graham  — S.C.

“If Jeff Sessions is fired, there will be holy hell to pay.”

— Graham said July 27 in response to the president’s criticisms of the attorney general.

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Charles E. Grassley  — Iowa

“Everybody in D.C. Shld b warned that the agenda for the judiciary Comm is set for rest of 2017. Judges first subcabinet 2nd / AG no way.”

— The Senate Judiciary chairman tweeted after news that Trump was considering firing Sessions.

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Orrin G. Hatch  — Utah

“We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH.”

— Hatch tweeted following Trump’s remarks about the violence in Charlottesville.

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Dean Heller  — Nev.

“I cannot support a piece of legislation that takes away insurance from tens of millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Nevadans.”

— Heller said about an early version of the Senate’s health-care plan during a news conference. He did vote for the final, failed version.

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John Hoeven  — N.D.

“Premiums and deductibles in North Dakota and across the nation continue to rise and some areas of the country will be left with little or no insurer competition next year. That is why we’re working to reform our health care system. While I do not support the Senate health care bill in its current form, we continue working on the legislation with the goal of providing greater access to health care and more affordable health insurance.”

— Hoeven said in a statement during the Senate’s July 4 recess.

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James M. Inhofe  — Okla.

“The president’s budget, which balances spending and reduces debt, takes a sharp turn away from the wasteful policies of the past administration and ensures taxpayer dollars are used wisely and on policies that will have meaningful impacts for all Americans.”

— Inhofe said in a statment about the president’s 2018 budget proposal.

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Johnny Isakson  — Ga.

“That’s the president’s person to hire and the president’s person to fire. ... This is not an emotional business.”

— Isakson told reporters after the president fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

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Ron Johnson  — Wis.

“I give all public officials kind of a little bit of slack in terms of not necessarily saying the perfect thing.”

— Johnson said in an interview with local news station TMJ4 after Trump condemned hate groups for violence in Charlottesville after an initial statement blaming “many sides.”

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John Neely Kennedy  — La.

“God bless Director Mulvaney. Finally. Is there any reasonable person in the Milky Way that really believes there’s not an enormous amount of fat in this budget. We’ve got so many people that have all four feet and their snout in the trough.”

— Neely said in response to the White House budget for 2018 during an interview on Fox.

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James Lankford  — Okla.

“For years now, our nation has continued to saddle future generations with increasing debt financed by out-of-control deficit spending. I am glad to see that the Trump Administration is trying to address the nation’s long-term budget crisis with a budget proposal that balances in 10 years.”

— Lankford said in a statement about Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.

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Mike Lee  — Utah

“Carrying a Nazi flag or any other symbol of white supremacy is a hateful act that cannot be morally defended, least of all by the leader of a diverse nation still healing from its original sin of racist slavery.”

— Lee wrote on Facebook in response to Trump’s remarks about the violence in Charlottesville.

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John McCain  — Ariz.

“Wait for the show.”

— McCain told reporters moments before he cast a vote against the Senate’s health-care bill, bringing the GOP’s seven-year-long effort to repeal and replace Obamacare to a dramatic end.

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Mitch McConnell  — Ky.

“So yes, this is a disappointment. A disappointment indeed. Our friends over in the House, we thank them as well. I regret that our efforts were simply not enough this time.”

— McConnell said in a statement on July 28 after he failed to gain enough votes to pass the Senate’s health-care bill.

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Jerry Moran  — Kan.

“The American people deserve more information about the circumstances of Mr. Comey’s dismissal.”

— Moran said in an email to the Hays Post about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

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Lisa Murkowski  — Alaska

“What the president said yesterday was wrong. There is no moral equivalence between those who are inciting hate and division and those who took to the streets to make it clear that those views are unacceptable.”

— Murkowski said in an interview on CNN following Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville in which he blamed the violence on “many sides” without specifically condemning white nationalists.

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Rand Paul  — Ky.

“There are some, especially on the other side or in the media – or both – who ask, 'Can Republicans govern?’ That’s a good question. I say yes, but I tell you this – it’s hard to say yes if we [can’t] do something as simple as keeping our word. As simple as voting today how we voted before, when we were asking to be in charge. If you tell people you’re going to do something, do it. It’s just that simple. Let’s repeal Obamacare.”

— Paul said in a statement in advance of the final vote on the Senate’s health-care bill.

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David Perdue  — Ga.

“We finally have a president who is willing to make tough choices and work towards dealing with this financial catastrophe.”

— Perdue said in a statement on May 23 about the president’s 2018 budget.

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Rob Portman  — Ohio

“The response to this ideology of hate & bigotry, & the act of domestic terrorism, should be simple & united condemnation without ambiguity.”

— Portman tweeted on Aug. 15 following Trump’s remarks on Charlottesville.

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James E. Risch  — Idaho

“The President’s budget proposal is merely a blueprint of his administration’s priorities. As outlined in our U.S. Constitution, it is solely Congress’ responsibility to set our nation’s budget and appropriate funds.”

— Risch said in a statement about Trump’s 2018 budget.

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Pat Roberts  — Kan.

“I thought he made a very good broad statement (Saturday). Today he clarified that statement, specifically mentioned the Klan and neo-Nazis and everything else.”

— Roberts said in response to Trump’s initial statement on Charlottesville in which he blamed “many sides” for the violence.

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Mike Rounds  — S.D.

“We expect the investigations into Russia’s attempt to interfere with the 2016 election to continue. His termination will not be allowed to impede in these investigations.”

— Rounds said in a statement following the termination of FBI Director James B. Comey.

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Marco Rubio  — Fla.

“Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists.”

— Rubio tweeted on Aug. 12 in response to the president’s initial statement on Charlottesville. Rubio was one of only a handful of senators who criticized Trump for those remarks.

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Ben Sasse  — Neb.

“We are never going to protect our kids from generational bankruptcy if we don’t tackle entitlements and right now there’s just little political will to do that in Washington. That’s the budgetary item that I’m most anxious about.”

— Sasse said in an interview on the “The Rich Zeoli Show” about Trump’s budget proposal.

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Tim Scott  — S.C.

“I’m not going to defend the indefensible. … [Trump’s] comments on Monday were strong. His comments on Tuesday started erasing the comments that were strong. What we want to see from our president is clarity and moral authority. And that moral authority is compromised when Tuesday happened. There’s no question about that.”

— Scott said during an interview with Vice News about Trump’s remarks on the violence in Charlottesville.

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Richard C. Shelby  — Ala.

“I am disappointed that the Senate could not agree on a bill intended to help millions of Americans escape Obamacare’s burdens. Obamacare has led to skyrocketing costs and collapsing insurance markets. The status quo is unsustainable. Republicans made a promise to the American people to repeal and replace this failing law, and while many of us have worked to keep that promise, our efforts were unsuccessful.”

— Shelby said in a statement following the GOP's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Luther Strange  — Ala.

“President Trump is the greatest thing that’s happened to this country. I consider it a Biblical miracle that he’s there.”

— Strange said during a campaign stop in Montgomery County, Ala. Trump has publically endorsed Strange in his campaign to fill the senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Dan Sullivan  — Alaska

“Anything less than complete & unambiguous condemnation of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK by the @POTUS is unacceptable. Period.”

— Sullivan tweeted on Aug. 17 in response to Trump’s statements on the violence in Charlottesville.

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John Thune  — S.D.

“Donald Trump should withdraw and Mike Pence should be our nominee effective immediately.”

— Thune tweeted in October 2016, after the infamous “Access Hollywood” footage surfaced of Trump.

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Thom Tillis  — N.C.

“When it comes to white supremacists & neo-nazis, there can be no equivocating: they’re propagators of hate and bigotry. Period.”

— Tillis tweeted Aug. 15 in response to Trump’s news conference in which the president said there was “blame on both sides” in Charlottesville.

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Patrick J. Toomey  — Pa.

“I think it would be better if he did a little less tweeting and keeps the focus on the big, important policies,”

— Toomey told Action News in April in response to the president’s first 100 days.

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Roger Wicker  — Miss.

“We need to have a national conversation about mandatory spending on programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which are the real drivers of our debt. This is one of the big issues of our time, and I look forward to working with the President to find a solution that slows the growth rate and works for all Americans — including our children and grandchildren.”

— Wicker told the Sun Herald in May during an interview about Trump’s proposed budget.

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Todd C. Young  — Ind.

“Sui Generis — he is one of a kind. I think that we’ve never seen a president of the United States like this.”

— Young said to the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press in March when asked for his thoughts on the president.

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About this story

We gauged where senators stand in relation to President Trump on a wide range of controversial issues: Whether they supported or criticized Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey in May, whether they supported or criticized the Senate’s unpopular repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act in July, and whether they supported or criticized a proposed budget Trump released in May. We also looked at a senator’s overall rhetoric toward Trump since he was inaugurated.

On each measure, senators were assigned one of the following categories:

Positive Was a senator mostly or entirely positive toward the president and his positions?

Lean positive Did the senator offer some criticism but overall stay positive toward the president and his positions?

Neutral Did the senator offer vague or neutral remarks or decline to comment about the president and his positions?

Lean critical Did the senator mostly criticize the president and his positions?

Critical Was the senator almost entirely critical or in direct opposition to the president and his positions?

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