Trump thumps Freedom Caucus over health care

Posted April 02, 2017

"I know we'll get this done", McCarthy declared March 23 on CNN.

The dynamics of the House GOP conference - and how to try and bring it together - have been a repeated topic of conversation, sources tell CNN.

But here's a reality check on executive orders: they're usually something presidents resort to when they can't get legislation through. The votes weren't there.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said in an interview broadcast on Thursday he feared the Republican Party is pushing the president to the other side of the aisle so he can make good on campaign promises to redo Obamacare.

It was a particularly bitter setback for McCarthy, who had relentlessly championed the bill despite hundreds of protesters at his district office in Bakersfield.

"I understand the president's frustration". Others stem from his own missteps.

Questions like, who signed in Nunes onto the White House grounds, for example, were dismissed. It is crucial that this issue be addressed for without an Obamacare replacement, Republicans can not move on to tax reform or the other major agenda items.

And then there's still Obamacare.

"Now in my opinion, it's not the Freedom Caucus that's responsible for the GOP failure in this case to repeal and replace Obamacare".

Up to the 11th hour he was defiant, with press secretary Sean Spicer insisting the vote would go ahead even as it was evident on Capitol Hill that the support was not forthcoming.

President Donald Trump has neither a clear White House tax plan nor adequate staff yet to see through a planned tax reform, according to interviews with people in the administration, in Congress and among USA tax experts.

The spot, first reported by Bloomberg News, notes job growth, the rollback of regulations, greenlighting of a pipeline and undoing of an worldwide trade deal before concluding, "And it's only just begun". He ascended to majority leader, the second-ranking position in the House, in 2014. The panel will work closely with House leadership on the tax bill.

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Meadows said at this point, the Freedom Caucus is asking for two things.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who noted that Republicans have not been able to pass budget bills without Democratic votes, said the party wasn't opposed to other border security measures, including improved technology.

Behind the scenes, lawmakers are working on the $1 trillion-plus legislation to keep the government running through September 30, the end of the budget year.

McCarthy praised a congressional investigation into the 2012 Benghazi terror attack as succeeding in sinking Democrat Hillary Clinton's poll numbers; comments that, while largely accurate, undercut GOP efforts to present the probe as a serious nonpartisan effort. The longer answer has to do with the way Republicans are using Senate rules to get their agenda through, which has thrown the Senate - where moderate Democrats actually matter - into a sort of legislative phantom zone. Within minutes after the news conference, the plan was dropped at McCarthy's urging. President Trump thought 15 percent-20 percent might be a good idea, until he settled on 20 percent.

"Our first priority is the men and women in uniform and I'm not going to put them at greater risk even if I have to shut down the government", said Sen.

McCarthy was soon on Fox News saying he was not calling for Sessions to recuse himself.

MONTANARO: Well, you know, look.

Still, after years of maneuvering and with the help of a detail-oriented staff, McCarthy last year ushered to completion a significant California water bill that had always been sought by the state's farmers.

The healthcare debacle was the first real test of Trump's congressional support and his fabled ability to strike deals. Dianne Feinstein while he and his allies kept persisting in the House.

But the fact is this - Burr said the Russian Federation investigation is one of the biggest he's seen since coming to Washington. Unfortunately, after winning the presidency, Bush broke his pledge and worked with Democrats on a tax increase. Trump's bills wouldn't reach the 218 votes needed for passage without the bloc's support. Yet, we're willing to trust them with the thing that's most valuable to us all - our lives.

"He has a tough job", said Rep. David Brat, R-Va. Democrats will simply demagogue the entire package as "tax cuts for the rich".

Now that Republicans control both chambers and the White House, Reynolds says, "they're having to make this transition from being an opposition party to being a governing party". "We are working well with our Republican colleagues, as we have in the past".