Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump seeks legislative wins as clock ticks, Russian Federation probe looms

Trump seeks legislative wins as clock ticks, Russian Federation probe looms

At the White House, GOP congressional leaders and the president discussed their agenda, "to both get health care moved ultimately to the president's desk and then to focus on cutting taxes and get the economy growing", said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. "They can try to shift the blame, but the American people won't fall for it", McConnell said. Congress is set to go on recess July 4.

"'Cause this is not like fine wine, it doesn't get better with age", he added with a laugh. He said, "This is what I was hoping to have the leadership be able to share with us, and I feel very good about the fact that we're moving in the right direction". "Decisions have to start being made in order to get the package ready".

That option would present numerous challenges for legislators, because Republicans would be severely limited in their tax-cut plans because of the rules for passing legislation via the reconciliation process, which is how budget bills make their way through Congress. But lawmakers emerging from the room were tight-lipped about what exactly is on the table.

"The risky game President Trump and Washington politicians are playing just caused 70,000 paying customers in OH to lose their insurance and it will continue raising prices for everyone else".

Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada who is up for re-election in 2018, said he was still looking at the proposals and what he could support.

"What the big print giveth the small print taketh away".

"I'm not going to go into details".

Speaking on background, an aide to a conservative senator said their office is "very disappointed" in the healthcare proposal as it now stands and that its structure "absolutely" jeopardizes support on the right.

Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice. House GOP leaders say they want to give the state a cushion against their expectations the state's income forecast is too optimistic.

Lawmakers remain split over what to do about Medicaid. Wyden said he has little reason to think Senate Republicans will abandon the House bill's general framework. The Senate plan is even more ambitious, slashing taxes by up to $1 billion. Toomey argues that using the growth rate of medical care spending would lead to an unsustainable Medicaid program, so he advocates for tying Medicaid funding increases to the standard inflation rate instead. Cooper's budget contained only a child and dependent care tax credit. Senators are also concerned about the alarming number of Americans projected to lose coverage under the House passed bill, and are developing a plan that would provide more generous tax subsidies for purchasing coverage.

Some centrist Republicans, like Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) responded "yes" as elevator doors closed. "Alaska is an extreme outlier and part of it is just our geography, it's our low-density population so if there is not some kind of geographic cost adjustor it makes it tough for me".

The differing ideas reflect not only contrasts in policy but sensitivities to opposite ends of the political spectrum, with some concerned about an electoral backlash from centrist or left-leaning voters who oppose major changes to Obamacare and others anxious a less aggressive assault on the ACA will leave right-leaning opponents of the law dispirited.

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