Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

He blasted the group on Twitter, declaring, "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" Trump went on to say that tax reform would be the next priority for Congress.

After U.S. President Donald Trump's health care reform bill didn't see the light of day on Friday - despite months of his boasting about its superiority to Obamacare (a.k.a. the Affordable Care Act) - you would think this would be the ideal opportunity for Democrats to celebrate. Opposition came mainly from members of the conservative Freedom Caucus who felt it kept too much of Obamacare intact and some moderates who anxious about the impact of millions of people losing insurance. Trump's first reaction to its demise was to blame Democrats who refused to support it.

"We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future", said House Speaker Paul Ryan. - "The last time the Republican Party controlled all branches of government in Washington was from 2003 to 2007".

One of his interventions - to try to placate House conservatives by stripping out the so-called "essential health benefits" of ObamaCare - may have lost more moderates than it gained votes on the right. "I think that mood exists today".

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) saw the pulled vote as a "half time" for members to return to their districts for a break.

Moreover, this defeat suggests that, given the ideological divide in the GOP, and the unanimous opposition of congressional Democrats, the most impressive GOP majorities since the 1920s may be impotent to enact any major complicated or complex legislation.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the GOP's health care defeat "a victory for the American people".

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of OH said that Democrats always wanted to see the health care law improved, but that Republicans revealed themselves Friday.

'What would be good, is if the Democrats, when it explodes, got together and worked with us and got a real health care bill. "This is a disappointing day for us", Ryan said at the news conference on Friday.

Many people think Mr Trump might go for this to get an easy win.

"It's disappointing. We've got to fulfill our promises", said Sen.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows told reporters that he and others still wanted to get to "yes".

Pirro opened the show by calling on Ryan to step down as speaker, because he failed to delivered the votes on the GOP health care plan "the one he had seven years to work on". Yes, other issues - immigration, terrorism, Clinton fatigue - played a role, but the most basic reason Trump is president is because a lot of voters believed a change was needed to improve the economy.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus scolded conservative Republicans, explaining that Trump had felt "disappointed" with a "number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren't". That is why it is important for Trump not only to help create jobs but also raise wages.

"He doesn't blame Paul Ryan", Priebus said on Fox News. "None of that has changed".

But the caucus had already put Trump on notice that they just don't find him intimidating. He predicted afterward that the measure would not "rise out of the ashes" because Congress is "dysfunctional", and said the two parties needed to produce bipartisan legislation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted that the lesson learned from both Obamacare and the House decision to withdraw the GOP bill was that "major social policy change in US must be bipartisan".

"But he's going to have to tell the Freedom Caucus and the hard-right special wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency he can't work with them, and we'll certainly look at his proposals". He argued that the process leading up to the vote was unusual, because the Trump administration continued to add more components to their bill as late as Friday morning.

Republicans are focused on trying to come together after a major setback last week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act - and they aren't entirely ready to move on. He could have sprung this on Republicans at a time when they didn't feel empowered to stand up to Trump.

"The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows continue if they stop this plan!", Trump tweeted last week.

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