Senate Republicans enact procedural change to speed confirmation of Trump judicial picks

Senate Republicans enact procedural change to speed confirmation of Trump judicial picks

Senate Republicans enact procedural change to speed confirmation of Trump judicial picks

In this September 5, 2017 photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.

Even as President Donald Trump promises his administration is putting together "a great health care plan", two senior White House officials said Wednesday no one is crafting an actual health care bill.

"I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party", Trump tweeted, adding, "I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election".

He said a Republican plan would mean most Americans pay lower premiums and deductibles for their healthcare than they now pay under Obamacare, revisiting a promise he made during the 2016 campaign.

Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge nominated to the Supreme Court by Obama, failed to get a Senate hearing, and Republicans stalled numerous other Obama judicial nominees - both when the GOP was in the minority and then after retaking the Senate in 2015.

Trump's backtracking is just the latest sign that health care is a problematic issue for Republicans. "If we get back the House and on the assumption we keep the Senate and we keep the presidency - which I hope are two good assumptions - we're going to have a phenomenal healthcare", Trump told reporters. "It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare", Trump tweeted. And a clear majority (59 percent) said they have little or no trust in Trump on health care. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "This is all about avoiding close scrutiny for extreme ideological nominees that Republicans want to pack onto the federal courts for lifetime appointments".

In 2017, McConnell expanded the simple majority procedure to include Supreme Court confirmations in order to overcome Democratic opposition to Trump's first nominee, Neil Gorsuch. One would think that ample time for a party that really cared about health care to have come up with an actual plan.

The Republican Party will become "The Party of Healthcare!"

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky threatened to use the nuclear option Tuesday after he was unable to secure a supermajority vote to change the rules.

Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, whose committee would be central to producing new healthcare legislation, said there were no plans for new legislation. They have no replace. They want to take away the ability of young people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26. "These are just a few examples of the historic obstruction Senate Democrats have visited upon President [Donald] Trump's nominees for two years and counting".

Previously, the Justice Department sought to eliminate Obamacare's individual mandate, which requires people to have health insurance, as well as protections for those with preexisting conditions.

Senator John Thune, R, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said it makes sense to wait until after the election to attempt the large-scale health insurance overhaul the President was suggesting.

"He started this whole thing that we've been wrestling with since 2003, cooked it up, convinced his colleagues to do it", McConnell said.

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