President Donald Trump was largely on the sidelines while his administration urged Republican senators to back their chamber’s health care bill, leaving the heavy lifting to Vice President Mike Pence. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other GOP senators told the president at a Tuesday meeting that they were irked by a Trump-aligned super PAC attacking Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) for his opposition to the legislation.
The White House said the Syrian government is engaging in activities similar to those taken before April’s chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people. Press secretary Sean Spicer said President Bashar al-Assad “and his military will pay a heavy price” if they use chemical weapons again.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants the Senate to vote this week on leadership-backed legislation that would repeal and replace key portions of the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its cost estimate of the bill as early as today, and at least five GOP senators are opposed to the measure in its current form.
President Donald Trump offered his support for a health care bill proposed by Senate Republican leaders. The measure aims to undo key portions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Former President Barack Obama called the legislative proposal “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
President Donald Trump said he is “very supportive” of the Senate GOP’s health care legislation. He said the four Republican senators who are not on board with the measure are “good guys,” and that there is a “narrow path” to gaining their support and passing the bill.
Senate Republicans are set to reveal their health care bill today, even as some divisions remain among GOP senators. The legislation is expected to include provisions that would reduce spending on Medicaid, end funding for Planned Parenthood and roll back some taxes.
Republican Karen Handel won the special election in Georgia’s 6th District for the House seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Ralph Norman (R) defeated Democratic rival Archie Parnell in South Carolina’s 5th District special election to fill the seat previously held by President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney.
Voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district head to the polls today in what has become a nationally watched contest between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. Polling for the race to fill the House seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in a once-safe Republican district shows the candidates neck and neck.
Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, said “the president has not been and is not under investigation” by the special counsel looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump previously said on Twitter that he is “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise – along with a House staffer, lobbyist and Capitol Police officer – “an attack on all of us.” In addition to the show of unity at the 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game, lawmakers raised concerns about their own security and that of their district offices.