Senators, Including Ailing McCain, Expected to Begin Vote on Health Bill Today

by Garry Watts July 26, 2017, 0:17
Senators, Including Ailing McCain, Expected to Begin Vote on Health Bill Today

McCain tweeted about foreign hot spots in Afghanistan, Poland and Syria, making public his intent to focus on work in Washington instead of his medical issues.

In a message on social media on Wednesday, McCain said: "I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support-unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!"

In his remarks to open Tuesday's Senate session, McConnell appealed to wavering members of his party to vote for the procedural motion to begin debate and amendments to the legislation, even though he has not disclosed exactly which bill he will propose.

Last week, McCain vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis.

Complicating McConnell's task, Ohio GOP Gov. John Kasich said it would be a mistake for the Senate to move ahead Tuesday "and force a one-sided deal that the American people are clearly against".

Several senators had expressed hope that McCain, a critical vote in any Republican plan to debate health care repeal, would return in time to cast it. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) reportedly said he "personally volunteered to rent an RV" to drive his colleague to Washington, according to Politico.

The Arizona senator, 10 days after a cancerous tumor was removed from his brain, is returning to Washington in case his vote is needed to advance consideration of the Republican health-care bill - whatever it is. That would set up a House-Senate conference to resolve the differences between the two proposals, buying Republicans more time to continue to try to find a broad bill that repeals and replaces the ACA.

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The national media and talking heads didn't see the nuance in her statement, leaping upon her words as a call for McCain to resign immediately. "I like people who weren't captured". He added, "We could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that".

Ward said the negative talk against her was launched after a poll commissioned by her campaign showed her leading U.S. Sen. During a radio interview, just the day after McCain's diagnosis was publicly announced, she suggested that he should step aside and clear the way. for her, probably.

"Is it surprising that he would get out of a hospital bed and go to work?"

'I'm dumbstruck by Kelli Ward's comments, ' Flake said.

"We can't wait until the 2018 election waiting around to accomplish the Trump agenda, to secure the border and stop illegal immigration and repeal Obamacare and fix the economy and fix the veterans administration", she said.

McConnell's measure would uproot much of Obama's law, eliminating its tax penalties on people not buying policies, cutting the Medicaid health care program for the poor and providing less generous health care subsidies for consumers.


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