Sick first responders to the 9/11 attacks gave emotional testimony to Congress on Tuesday, demanding lawmakers extend a compensation fund for those ailing and dying of diseases linked to toxic debris at the disaster sites.
The panelists discussed the administration's new sanctions on Iran and the move to nominate Patrick Shanahan as the country's new defense secretary. The group also recapped President Trump's new calls to lower prescription drug costs.
Trump retreated Monday after an aggressive lobbying effort by Senate Republicans, who warned in a series of phone calls that he risked driving his party off an electoral cliff by forcing Republicans to take ownership of the health care issue.
President Trump is standing by his pledge to brand Republicans the party of health care, but said he is delaying any new push for legislation until after the 2020 elections. The president said in a speech Tuesday the delay was his decision, but it came after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would not revisit health care before the elections.
President Trump announced that Republicans would not present a health care overhaul proposal until after the 2020 election, punting on coming up with a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, which the administration is currently fighting in court to invalidate. The issue now will dominate presidential campaigns in the months leading up to the 2020 election.
After a week of talking to sources who've discussed the matter privately with Trump, it's clear that this health care push is coming from the president himself. These people say Trump thinks it's a great idea to try to brand the GOP as "the party of health care” by backing the controversial litigation and pushing for legislative change.
President Trump's pick to serve as third in command at the Justice Department, overseeing health care and immigration cases, withdrew her name from consideration Thursday evening amid backlash from conservative lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
President Trump is pressuring Republicans to produce a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, a request the GOP considers unrealistic in a divided Congress and politically perilous ahead of the 2020 elections.
The White House and Congress are still digesting the attorney general's brief summary of the Mueller report, as they await the report itself. But lawmakers also are pushing forward on a range of issues, including health care, family leave and climate change.