Trump threatened Sanford with primary opponent if he voted against repeal

Jeannette Daniel
March 31, 2017

Trump said the caucus would "hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team" and said, "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"

"It's not going to the floor next week", Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the chief House GOP vote-counter, said Thursday morning.

An impasse between House moderates and Freedom Caucus members led to the pulling of a bill last week to replace Obamacare that was supported by GOP leaders and the President. The called age-based tax credits in the bill meant to help people buy medical insurance an unwise new federal entitlement.Ryan said in an interview aired earlier on Thursday he feared the Republican Party is pushing the president toward the Democrats so Trump can make good on campaign promises on an overhaul of the healthcare system. "And I think it's been a learning process".

In a letter to the president, Democrats said they'd be happy to work with him on healthcare, if "you abandon your efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act" and "you rescind your ACA executive order signed on January 20" - neither of which would fly with Republicans. "But we're focused on the legislation", Mr Jordan said.

That may be because leaders believe Republicans are still far off from a solution.

Despite reports that the House could vote again on the Bill next week, leading congressional officials played down the possibility of a second vote, with senior members of the House Freedom Caucus still opposed to elements of the Bill which they feel constitute a continued use of federal funds to support individual health insurance, an idea to which they are ideologically opposed. "The president's tweet speaks for itself". "And we need to treat it that way, and we need to get the people the help that they need to renew their lives and help become productive members of society and our families", Gov. Christie said. "We will never meet with the Freedom Caucus, because it's not appropriate for a group of ad hoc members".

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry are the co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus, which now has about 32 members, according to the Washington Post.

"Many Republicans just want repeal", Sen. The White House has suggested in recent days that it might be willing to work with some Democrats on the measure. Dick Durbin of IL, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, told MSNBC Thursday.

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"The Democrats aren't for repealing Obamacare".

Durbin said he believes the White House is "more receptive now" to bipartisan negotiations after last week's defeat in the House.

"I'm in those meetings", Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), who supports the bill, said. They have also taken a stand knowing that while Trump is popular in their districts, they are equally so.

Two Republican lawmakers, describing plans on the condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that House leaders would consider working into the weekend, although it was unclear what changes would be made to the Republicans' health bill.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that no vote is now planned on the measure.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, has been negotiating with colleagues on a compromise. "There are members who belong to no faction that also hated this bill".

"I know what my relationship with the White House is with Tom Price is, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pence and Donald Trump so I am not gonna get all hung up about a tweet", he said. "But he doesn't want to constrain himself to artificial deadlines like 'before recess'".

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