Now Trump seems likely to push into the discussion more directly, and he immediately invited Senate Republicans to the White House.
Those ads ran for less than 12 hours though, as the group pulled them late Tuesday after Heller mentioned them and stated he’d be willing to negotiate on the BCRA.
Following the meeting at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Republicans will continue talking until the end of the week, “and we’ll not be turning to the bill on the floor of the Senate until a couple of weeks after this week”.
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer). Protesters block a street during a protest against the Republican bill in the U.S. Senate to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Salt Lake City.
“Let’s come together, let’s reason together, let’s fix and improve that which is in the Affordable Care Act, and make it a (law) which serves everybody”, number two House Democrat Steny Hoyer said. Keeping the ACA and having it do less is essentially what GOP congressional plans are doing. There may also be some more money dedicated to Medicaid and opioid addiction to attract moderate Republicans, but that would not be enough to shore up the deep cuts to Medicaid. The group took down the ads Tuesday night.
The White House remained “very confident” about prospects for the Senate bill, spokesman Sean Spicer said ahead of the CBO report’s release.
“This will be great if we get it done, and if we don’t get it done it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK and I understand that very well”, he told the senators, who surrounded him at tables arranged in a giant square in the East Room.
The 30-second narrated television ad depicted Trump and Heller – and did not mince words: “Call Sen”.
Across social media and on cable shows, Republican strategists denounced the intra-party battle as counterproductive. By Tuesday morning at least five GOP senators had announced their opposition to a procedural vote on the bill, and after McConnell announced the delay several more went public with their criticism. It’s to support/promote #AmericaFIRST policies. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee. “Not frustration, but you know that there’s nearly no way for the questions that you have to be legitimately answered”.
Another GOP source with knowledge of Heller’s position pushed back on the statement from America First, calling it “total BS”. The person demanded anonymity to discuss political strategy. When asked who specifically referenced them, he coyly responded “Senator Heller, maybe”. “I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable in our society”.
It also highlights President Donald Trump’s role in forging a GOP majority to squeeze the bill through the Senate on an issue that has grave implications for the fate of the rest of his presidency. Ted Cruz, Utah Sen. And another conservative, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), said he had “a hard time believing” he’d have enough information to back that motion this week, the AP reported.
But it may be an unattainable mission given the divide between the moderate and hardcore conservative Senate Republicans regarding legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. After rounds of negotiations and amendments, the House passed its bill in early May. “I think it’s pretty obvious at this point”, Idaho Republican Jim Risch said.
“For the country, we have to have health care and it can’t be Obamacare, which is melting down”, Trump said before the closed-door session. Nobody wanted to be the one member of Congress standing in the way of delivering on a campaign promise the party has made for the better part of a decade.
LIASSON: The president is getting a lot more involved. President Trump spent Monday morning venting on Twitter about how President Obama did “NOTHING about Russia” and its election meddling – despite Trump’s frequent claims that the whole Russian Federation controversy is “fake news” and a Democratic Party “hoax”. “This is big stuff, and so making sure that we get it right is something that I have said is an imperative”, Murkowski told CNN in an interview on Monday.