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Senate Plans for Mid-Summer Health Care Vote

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Donald Trump's legislative agenda is stalled on Capitol Hill, collateral damage to a mix of swirling controversies - including the firing of FBI Director James Comey and Russian Federation investigation - and the President's off-the-cuff style that has Republican lawmakers constantly responding to the crisis du jour.

But Republicans still have to resolve major internal divisions on health care, and the delays are causing a legislative backup in the House.

Almost five months in, though, little of that has happened.

William Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who worked in the Clinton administration, cautions against blaming all of Trump's problems on the Russian Federation probes when there is plenty of "independent dysfunction in the White House".

"There's no doubt that keeping members focused on investigations detracts from our legislative agenda, detracts from what we're trying to deliver for the American people", Marc Short, Trump's legislative affairs director, told reporters Monday night.

President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through almost half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement.

It's decision time for Senate Republicans' years-long quest to repeal Obamacare.

Trump said opposition from Democrats needed to be overcome in order to gain passage of a new law.

President Donald Trump is desperate not to look like a loser. Special and primary elections this year have found Democrats trumpeting their opposition to Trump, not their willingness to work with him. Lindsey Graham said of Paul. "Tweeting doesn't help, but Congress is more broken than just his tweets".

President Trump raised expectations for his domestic policy agenda Tuesday as he met with congressional Republican leaders - predicting the "biggest tax cut in USA history" and Senate passage of a health care bill by summer's end. The meeting with GOP congressional leaders focused on health care, tax reform and other agenda items, but Trump also used the opportunity to muse about putting solar panels on the wall he hopes to build between the USA and Mexico. The White House must do more than simply be willing to sign what the GOP-led Congress sends to the president's desk.

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That legislative vision appeared to sway some on-the-fence members who could prove critical to cobbling together 50 GOP votes. Sen.

Later Tuesday, Trump will have dinner with Sens. Lee Zeldin and Francis Rooney, according to the same official. "I mean, it happened during the policy meeting".

Senate Republicans can lose only two votes and still repeal and replace the law via a fast-track process that sidesteps Democratic filibusters.

Senators are now working with the Congressional Budget Office on various components of the bill, including the size of the tax credits, said Sen.

Then he turned to top Republicans on Capitol Hill to hear some news on what were supposed to be this year's big-ticket policy issues: health care and tax reform. As in the House bill, the Senate is considering a per-person spending limit, known as a per-capita cap.

As more concessions are added in the Senate that are likely to bring moderate Republican lawmakers back on board with the replacement effort in the upper chamber, the more conservative members in the House may line up against the new version.

"The Senate I'm sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer that will be great health care for Americans", Trump said with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at his side.

Senate Republicans are in agreement that their bill will be significantly different from what the House passed earlier this year, but that is where consensus ends. This should be an easy bipartisan fix, but the White House seems to be bungling its messaging on what it wants to do, and time is running out.

That plan was quickly undercut on Monday morning when Trump published a series of tweets attacking his own Justice Department, reaffirming his belief that his immigration plan is a travel ban and blasting the mayor of London, who is now working to steer his city though the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

And although premiums may go down for some people, premiums and out-of-pocket expenses will increase significantly for many others, especially those who are older and those with pre-existing conditions.



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