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08 May 2017, 03:37 | Katrina Lee
Republicans hold 52 seats in the 100-seat U.S. Senate. Among them: $1.1 billion for 14 Super Hornet fighter jets, which are manufactured in St. Louis, and $2 billion for the National Institutes of Health, which provided almost $509 million in grant money a year ago to research institutions in Missouri.
"We thought we had the upper hand because a government shutdown would be on their shoulders, and we made that clear", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in an interview.
A supporter of the legislation, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said that at the least, backing from Upton and Long "breaks the momentum of drift away from the bill" among GOP moderates.
He said Republicans also had prevailed on defense funding, although the budget gives Trump only about half of what he was seeking.
The House bill guts fundamental pieces of Obamacare, including coverage subsidies, Medicaid expansion and the mandate that Americans buy insurance or face a fine. Asked Thursday why the rush to vote without a CBO score, Sanders told White House reporters that "it's impossible to score" or assess the legislation's potential impact because of so many moving parts. Leaders have spent days scrambling to round up the votes for their legislation.
"I will treat this provision consistently with my constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed", Trump said in the signing statement, a tool that previous presidents have used to explain their positions on appropriations bills.
Under Obama's 2010 law, insurers may not charge seriously ill customers higher premiums than healthy ones.
The U.S. Congress moved one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown after the House of Representatives approved a USD1.2-trillion spending bill to fund the government through September.
With the 309-118 vote in the Republican-controlled chamber, the legislation now goes to the Senate, which is expected to pass it before a midnight Friday deadline.
Congress is expected to revisit the President's request for border wall funding this summer when considering the Trump Administration's FY 2018 budget.
Democrats quickly denounced Mr Trump's musings about closing the federal government.
At 100 days in, Trump seems both outsider and insider
Trump's approval ratings now hover at around 40%, which is believed to be lower than any other president at the 100-day mark. Trump says the media are trapped at the dinner in Washington and he predicts it will be "very, very boring".
President Donald Trump speaks in the Kennedy Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, May 1, 2017, to the Independent Community Bankers Association.
His comment frustrated some of his fellow Republicans in Congress, who chafed at the suggestion that the White House could dictate Senate rules, or send a message that a shutdown, which costs the economy millions, was desirable. He says it's "a really good down payment" on rebuilding the military and "the biggest increase in border security in a decade".
Democrats and many Republicans have argued that a wall is an ineffective and wasteful way of securing the southern border.
Congressmen Fred Upton of MI and Billy Long of Missouri made their announcement to reporters at the White House after meeting with Trump Wednesday.
Upton and Long's proposal would provide $8 billion over five years to help some people with pre-existing medical conditions afford coverage.
The opinions of top party leaders were not shared by the rank and file.
Upton, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, described the plan to The Associated Press late Tuesday.
Republicans are right that the bill finally breaks the Obama -era rule that every defense dollar be matched by a domestic-spending dollar.
The House is scheduled to vote on the bipartisan $1.1 trillion measure Wednesday afternoon.
"This is deadly", House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told a news conference. Regardless of what Trump proposes, if it involves a huge increase in spending (which is Trump's jam), Republicans won't be able to pick up enough Freedom Caucus members to get it across the finish line in the House. "This is what winning looks like".
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