Senate Republican leaders are pressing members to make decisions on moving forward with repealing Obamacare, and are pushing for a vote by the end of this month, Politico reports.
GOP leaders want resolution to the repeal debate by the Fourth of July recess to ensure that the whole year isn’t consumed by health care and that Republicans leave room to consider tax reform, according to the report. At a party lunch on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his deputies will present an early blueprint of the party’s health-care overhaul efforts. Senate staff spent last week and the weekend writing the bill but left some key decisions blank, Politico writes.
Separately, Reuters writes the White House is hoping to kick-start its stalled legislative agenda with action on health care this summer, which would clear the way for lawmakers to begin work on a major tax bill after the Labor Day holiday.
President Donald Trump is meeting with House and Senate leaders Tuesday afternoon and tweeted “we are all pushing hard – must get it right!”
Big meeting today with Republican leadership concerning Tax Cuts and Healthcare. We are all pushing hard – must get it right!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017
Trump’s discontent with Sessions: The New York Times is reporting that President Trump has grown sour on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, blaming him for various troubles that have plagued the White House. On Monday, Trump faulted his own Justice Department for devising a “politically correct” version of his travel ban, and in private Trump’s exasperation is even sharper. The Times writes Trump has fumed for months over Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election.
Also see: Trump Today: President slams Justice Department over ‘watered down’ travel ban.
Congressman posts ‘kill them all’ after London attack: A Louisiana congressman responded to the terrorism attack in London by calling for killing anyone suspected of being an Islamic radical. In a Facebook post, Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican, wrote that “not a single radicalized Islamic suspect should be granted any measure of quarter. Their intended entry to the American homeland should be summarily denied. Every conceivable measure should be engaged to hunt them down. Hunt them, identify them, and kill them. Kill them all.” Read more from CNN.
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