Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress


Ryan encouraged members to continue discussing ideas, but he did not open the call for questions, leaving members to wait until Wednesday morning before they can weigh in on spending or health care.

"You're going to see the repeal of Obamacare coming back to a vote this week", said Brandon.

Republican leaders want to get something through the House, and maybe the Senate as well, in the next several days, before the president passes the much-noticed-but-ultimately-meaningless 100-day mark in office.

Talks around health care have been revived by a plan negotiated by Rep. Tom MacArthur, New Jersey Republican who chairs the centrist Tuesday Group, and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. It's possible we'll see it within the next couple of weeks as well.

Now, however, Trump says he has leverage to bring Democrats on board and help craft a solution.

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The push for another vote on the almost universally despised Obamacare repeal bill is annoying House Republicans who don't care if Trump gets any legislation passed in his first 100 days.

"The president, I don't think will be served well, but I think Congress is the one who gets blamed for these kinds of things".

On the conference call, Ryan said the House Appropriations Committee has been working closely with the White House, "so wherever we land will be a product the president can and will support".

In other words, there's a lot of time to make the good legislation that's necessary to fix eight years of bad policy.

National Weather Service: Storms possible Thursday, Friday
The thunderstorms will reach Kansas City, Missouri, and the Quad Cities area of Iowa and IL later on Wednesday night. Some of them could get pretty rough with intense lightning, small hail, and gusty winds along with heavy rain .

According to CBS, a "GOP source" on a conference call with Ryan and party officials confirmed Ryan contradicted Trump's claim Republicans may be able to propose and pass an Obamacare repeal bill as early as this upcoming week.

As the Republican fight over healthcare has dragged on, Obamacare has become more popular with the public. Following the political blunder, the administration opted to renew its efforts to assist in the negotiation process.

States could seek these waivers for essential health benefits and community-rating rules, except for those regarding gender, age, and health status (with the exception of states with high-risk pools).

Many GOP lawmakers and aides have expressed doubt that the House would vote next week on health legislation, just a month after an earlier version died for lack of support within the party.

"I'm the one who's been told, as a conservative Republican I'm the one who won't deal".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said in a statement that the "Republicans' latest plan is to expose Americans with pre-existing conditions to staggering new health costs".

Introduced on March 6, 2017, the American Health Care Act was pulled for a vote on March 24, after it was clear that the legislation would not receive enough support to pass.

Despite stressing that Trump wanted to move quickly, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the focus was to "get it done right", and not necessarily within the first 100 days.

House Republicans return from spring recess to a jam-packed week needing to keep the government's lights on before a Friday funding deadline and unsure if there will be time to make substantial progress on President Donald Trump's priority to repeal and replace Obamacare. "Next week doesn't matter".

To avoid a shutdown with a budget, lawmakers need to cobble together a compromise that will keep funding the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, on 30 September. Other items on the White House priority list, Mulvaney said, are a $30 billion request for a cash infusion for the military and a controversial provision to give the administration greater latitude to deny certain federal grants to "sanctuary cities" that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement by federal authorities.



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