Mulvaney: No Other Votes Until Senate Votes Again on Healthcare

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 30, 2017

The Affordable Care Act required members of Congress, along with their staff, to buy health-care insurance through the online markets created under the law, the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency.

Sen. Susan Collins of ME, one of the three Republicans who voted against the stripped-down repeal bill on Friday, said on CNN that Trump's threat would not sway her. He's been tweeting about it all weekend long, including this morning.

"Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace", Trump said in a Twitter comment. Is this official White House policy, that nothing should be voted on in Congress, not even the debt ceiling, before the Senate votes again on health care?

Republican leaders viewed the vote as their last best effort to be able to advance the repeal effort and negotiate with the House of Representatives on how to dismantle the law, coming after two other attempts at revamping the law were defeated earlier in the week.

"Well, I think - yes". And I think what you're seeing there is the president simply reflecting the mood of the people. Go and poll the American public and find out what the most important issue is to them right now, and it's health care.

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, downplayed the disarray the White House is reportedly experiencing in wake of major staffing changes.

With the outcome hanging in the balance, Republican Senator John McCain, who had returned to Congress just days after being diagnosed with brain cancer, walked to the front of the Senate and turned a thumb down, giving the minority Democrats the extra vote they needed to block passage of the scaled-down repeal of Obamacare. "They should stay and work and figure out a way to solve this problem". "Keep in mind, you're talking about something they promised to do for seven years". "At the same time, you have the political consideration that you promised folks you'd do this for seven years, you can not go back on that". At the same time, you have the political consideration that you promised folks you would do this for seven years.

"So yes, they need to stay they need to work they need to pass something", Mulvaney continued. It's sort of the national attitude towards it.

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