McConnell Says He'll Call Vote on Bipartisan Health Bill If Trump Approves

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he is ready to move a bipartisan health care bill but needs President Donald Trump first to clarify that he will sign it. They cost us five Senate seats in 2010 and 2012.

"What I'm waiting is to hear from President Trump what kind of health-care bill he might sign".

"I'm not certain yet what the president is looking for here, but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know President Trump will sign it", McConnell said.

"I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week", Schumer told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. Trump would ultimately sign off on the deal, Schumer said, to avoid being blamed for rising insurance premiums. "It will pass and it will pass by a large number of votes". "We should pass it and pass it now", Schumer said. He also repeated his claim that Republicans "have the votes" to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The White House announced earlier this month that the administration would stop making the payments, which are geared to help low-income people access care, and pushed the issue to Congress. Trump has criticized the payments as subsidies for insurance companies.

Trump's tax reform proposal cleared a critical hurdle on Thursday, when the Senate approved a budget measure that will allow Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without support from Democrats.

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that Trump doesn't want to back a plan "without also getting something for folks who are being hurt". McConnell thinks that, he's wrong. "And so I refused to get diverted off on the various comments that maybe made at one time or another", the majority leader said. So give me more by way of associated health plans.

"We're going to score a big legislative accomplishment on tax reform", McConnell said.

"I think there's actually a pretty good chance to get a deal", he added. "It's just Murray-Alexander in its current form probably isn't far enough yet".

Bannon has been talking for a while now about waging war on the GOP establishment and primarying Republican senators who are impeding the Trump agenda.

Both Mulvaney and McConnell denied the plan would balloon the deficit, insisting it will spur enough growth to pay for itself. However, his fellow Republicans, who control Congress, have failed to do so because of deep party divisions.

"In order for the president's agenda to advance, we have to be able to elect people who support the agenda". "The people in those states are interested in what the candidates can do for them and for the country. So I think the president ought to give himself a little more credit for the changes that he is bringing about that are turning the country in a different direction".

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