Senate leaders heed to David Perdue's request to shorten August recess

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was forced to postpone a vote the original GOP Senate health care plan because he lacked the votes to pass it.

"We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place", McConnell said on June 27.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell brought up the possible necessity of setting aside partisanship on Thursday.

The announcement comes as disagreements within the Republican Party have delayed an overhaul of the US health-care system and threatened to set back other action, like raising the debt ceiling, passing an appropriations bill or approving a tax reform plan.

"It's important for Republicans not to be deceived by the attacks that are coming out of Chuck Schumer and the Democrats", said Cruz, who has repeatedly cautioned against setting "artificial" deadlines on a health care vote.

The Senate health care plan remains stalled as many Americans continue to worry about losing their health insurance.

The report notes that Senate leadership is aiming to have a new bill by the end of this week and a vote on the measure by next week.

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A long-time Senate Republican says he's "very pessimistic" that GOP senators will settle their differences and push a health care bill through the chamber.

"We hope to have a CBO (Congressional Budget Office) score by the beginning of the week and a motion to proceed to that bill next week".

"At this time it just doesn't make any sense for us to just take the month of August off", says Sen.

By keeping these two taxes in place for anywhere between five and seven years, according to several Republicans, the federal government could steer more money to a stabilization fund that could to help offset consumers' health care costs while the new GOP plan goes into effect.

Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley made the comment Tuesday as party leaders were strategizing for a vote on their legislation next week.

Lee had joined a small group of senators earlier in the day in calling for a shortened or canceled recess, saying there's "an enormous amount of work to do".

If Senate Republicans fall short of approving the healthcare overhaul it would call into question not only Trump's ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and an increase in infrastructure spending, through Congress, but the Republican Party's capacity to govern effectively.

  • Adam Floyd