Gov. Scott Urges Quicker Action To Repeal Obamacare

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill

Congress returns from a two-week break facing a deadline to keep the government operating while President Donald Trump presses harder for some legislative accomplishments as his first 100 days in office wind to a close.

On health care, Tuesday Group leader Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina held extensive discussions over the two-week recess and agreed to a potential breakthrough, but there is little evidence that their compromise has widespread buy-in from members of either of their groups or the broader GOP conference.

On Friday, Bloomberg cited an unnamed senior administration official as saying the new tax plan was unlikely to include a border-adjusted tax backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan , which has divided Republicans.

Trump also referenced criticism that the United States is putting up funds for the construction of the wall at the southern border, despite his campaign promises that Mexico would foot the bill. Ryan added that the Appropriations Committee has been working closely with the White House to ensure that "wherever we land will be a product the President can and will support". "The congressman has been laser focused on solutions that lower health care costs, so that everyone can get the kind of health insurance they want at a price they can afford".

Ryan has vowed there will be no government shutdown, but has received enormous pressure from the White House as Congress has been called on to vote on a health care bill, start tax reform plans and make Democrats submit to approving a stopgap spending bill that will include border-wall funding. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer basically told the president to butt out on Sunday.

The most pressing issue is keeping the government open. Trump has threatened to withhold the money to force Democrats to negotiate on health legislation.

Aides to Republican and Democratic members involved in hammering out a funding bill have admitted that talks had been progressing well until last week, when the Trump administration demanded politically toxic measures be put into the measure. Ms. Trent-Adams, a 24-year veteran of the Public Health Service Corps and a former chief nurse officer of the public health service, will fill the role for now, the statement said.

Democrats have for weeks warned against such "poison pill" additions to the spending bill and say they will not support allocating money for Trump's pet project.

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Then, on Saturday, Trump added to the confusion with a promise to release details of a tax overhaul this week.

If the threat of a shutdown and a battle over healthcare weren't enough to consume lawmakers time in a dizzying week, Trump also announced that he intends to unveil his tax reform plan on Wednesday.

On Saturday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly suggested in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper scheduled to run Sunday morning that Mr. Trump may demand the funding.

"We've got to get rid of Obamacare and we can't say 'Oh we're not going to get this done, '" he said. "So I would suspect, he'll do the right thing for sure, but I would suspect he will be insistent on the funding".

"Rep. Davidson does not believe that taxpayers should be providing more and more people health care", according to the spokesperson, Alexei Woltornist.

They will be handling pressure from the White House to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Brat said that if compromises that conservatives and moderates have worked out with the administration materialize when the bill is written, "that gets a lot of us toward a 'yes, ' along with a couple of other items we've been negotiating".

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