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

Posted May 09, 2017

Also attending the White House meeting were the current Energy and Commerce chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, who heads a health subcommittee. Spicer discussed health care and FBI Director James Comey, comments made by Hillary Clinton and other topics. Of the 309 representatives that voted for the bill, 177 were Democrats and only 132 were Republicans.

After the GOP health care bill failed, he called rules in the House and Senate "archaic". On Thursday Republicans might succeed for the first time in passing a repeal bill that may have a chance of getting signed into law.

As he announced the vote would go forward, McCarthy was asked if leaders were confident they had the votes and he replied: "Yes".

Republicans were scrambling yesterday to put together enough votes to pass Obamacare replacement legislation.

"Every single 2nd Amendment protection that we wanted and that Democrats wanted to get rid of is still in the bill".

Democrats' gleeful declarations that they outsmarted Republicans in a battle over a US$1.1 trillion (S$1.5 trillion) spending Bill that avoided a government shutdown drew the ire of the President.

Some of Trump's sensitivity might be a tacit acknowledgment that if there was a shutdown, Republicans would likely be blamed given they control Congress and the White House.

"'We need you, we need you, we need you, '" Long described as the message from Trump.

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Under Obama's law, insurers must charge healthy and seriously ill customers the same rates. The American Medical Association, AARP and other consumer and medical groups are opposed.

Pelosi said that if Republicans pass "Trumpcare" millions will lose health coverage. Budget analysts have estimated that 24 million could be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year. Even if the GOP secures a win in the House, the Senate is expected to change the bill.

"Our country needs a good "shutdown" in September to fix mess!" he said.

The White House says Trump will sign the measure, which gives him much of the money he sought for defense and border security but denies startup construction funding for Trump's oft-promise wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

"They're walking around trying to make it like they pulled one over fast on the president, and I just won't stand for it", Mulvaney said at the briefing. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said in an interview with CNN that despite the military increases, Democrats were able to stave off many GOP demands and exact new domestic spending in the process.

The spending bill does not include numerous spending cuts on domestic programs Trump had sought and adds $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, $295 million for Puerto Rico's underfunded Medicaid healthcare for the poor and $407 million for firefighting in Western states.

The House is debating a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill that has both Democrats and Republicans claiming victory - for now. Congress is expected to vote on the deal in the next couple of days. GOP leaders are hoping to create momentum for the legislation - especially among holdout moderates - so they can push it through the House before it breaks for a week-long recess Friday. It may turn out, given Senate rules, that the right approach would be simply to send money to the states with a directive to use it as they see fit to ensure that people without access to Medicare, Medicaid, and employer-provided insurance have coverage.

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