U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to fund govt.

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 8, 2017

Spicer discussed health care and FBI Director James Comey, comments made by Hillary Clinton and other topics.

US President Donald Trump came to office promising he would produce so much winning that Americans would grow sick of it.

House Republicans will vote on a bill to repeal major portions of Democratic President Barack Obama's health care law.

The omnibus appropriations bill allocates $1.5 billion for border security but does not include funding for a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

Rachel Maddow shows the Trump administration attempting to spin the new spending bill news into a positive light for themselves but falling short with the means of communicating that spin, including a disastrous conference call with reporters. Typically, a Republican president with a Republican-controlled House and Senate wields considerable leverage.

That's the word Wednesday night from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who told reporters "yes" when asked if they have sufficient votes.

He added: "To compound matters, most of Washington now accepts our view that Trump got taken to the cleaners in the recent budget negotiations, and that kind of criticism makes him angry".

Democrats stood firmly united against the health bill.

The House is debating a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that has both Democrats and Republicans claiming victory - for now.

On the health care front, Reps.

Vice President Mike Pence hailed the deal at a school choice event at the White House, saying the spending bill that Trump would sign would give "new life and funding" to the Washington, D.C., school voucher program, the only federally funded voucher program in the U.S. "While there are some good things in it that I think conservatives want, the hallmark things that most of us ran on are conspicuously absent", said Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

That contradicted Trump's message of less than a week ago. The American Medical Association, AARP and other consumer and medical groups are opposed. Budget analysts have estimated that 24 million could be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.

Like Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. Trump said Republicans boosted military spending and broke the pattern of matching military spending increases with nondefense boosts.

Trump had complained earlier Tuesday about having to work with Democrats, tweeting that, "Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!"

"After years of an administration that failed to get serious on border security, this bill provides the largest border-security funding increase in a decade", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a key negotiator.

With the 309-118 vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, the legislation now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass it before a midnight Friday deadline. Schumer has crowed over the outcome in a series of interviews, seemingly irking the White House.

A divided House of Representatives agreed Wednesday to keep the federal government running until September, approving a $1.07 trillion spending plan that does little to advance President Donald Trump's priorities. Trump tweeted, lamenting the need for bipartisan compromise.

Democrats are hoping that the Republicans' vote to repeal Obamacare will spark a voter backlash in next year's midterm congressional elections.

Like many moderates, Upton and Long had expressed concerns that the GOP bill weakened protections under Obama's law that prevent insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions higher premiums.

"They don't hide the good things, they only hide the bad things", he said.

The opinions of top party leaders were not shared by the rank and file.

Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed.

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