Trump blasts Senate rules in Saturday morning tweets

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 29, 2017

It was a result that may have been hinted at earlier in the week. "We're getting nothing done".

It was a fiery and intense lecture on the shortcomings of bypassing "regular order" and turning your back on compromise.

Senator John McCain is calling on the Senate to "start fresh" on health care after he cast the decisive vote killing the GOP's "Obamacare" repeal effort.

Friday morning, just before 2 a.m. ET, he delivered the fateful vote in the other direction.

She adds, "Now, Congress must finally pivot to the long overdue bipartisan work to update and improve the Affordable Care Act and to continue to lower Americans' health costs". Like President Trump, they were all about "winning". Pretty soon, it became obvious that McCain was going to be the focal point of all the politicking. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The two were deep in conversation as Graham nodded along.

"Go Republican Senators, Go!" It was both a flashback to, and fulfillment of, those heady days when McCain seemed to be a legitimate heir to Teddy Roosevelt's Republican party, before George W. Bush and Karl Rove meanly ratfcked him in SC. Then, America's largest health insurer abandoned Arizona's failing Obamacare exchange. Bernie Sanders, and was known to unload on his own party when he felt they needed a reality check.

Still, Ryan had seemingly opened a path for McConnell earlier Thursday by signaling a willingness to negotiate a more comprehensive bill with the Senate. In the end, the senator voted against a bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates, despised by Republicans, and against his party's seven-year campaign promise to dismantle President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement.

Trump, of course, had insulted McCain back in 2015. "I like people who weren't captured".

"The House remains committed to finding a solution and working with our Senate colleagues, but the burden remains on the Senate to demonstrate that it is capable of passing something that keeps our promise, as the House has already done", Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday evening, before voting began on the opposite end of the street.

None of that meant anything to McConnell, as he and Vice President Pence personally pressured Republican lawmakers to pass the flawed legislation, promising that it was only a vehicle to get the bill to a conference committee where Republican House members could help make it better. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and the ailing John McCain. "Watch!" Trump tweeted after the vote.

Amid the messages of thanks by Democrats for their "hero" McCain, one stood out, from congressman Steve Cohen.

Then, McCain walked over to the Democratic side of the floor, and was seen speaking to Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and other Democrats. He is perhaps the most conservative Democrat in the Senate and someone who has been in touch with Republican colleagues on health care.

"We know from our experience with retirement programs that most people stay in" when there is auto-enrollment, says Senator Collins, who along with McCain and Sen. "He was sort of leaving little hints, here and there", Coons said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and every Senate Democrat to bring down the bill on a 49-51 vote.

"I'm going to go home to a whole bunch of frustrated Alabama citizens who cannot for the life of them figure out why after six years of promising that we were going to repeal ObamaCare, after actually having done so just a mere two years ago, that the Senate can't pass the same kind of legislation that we promised we would pass", said Rep. "It's consistent with what we told the American people we'd try to accomplish in four straight election if they gave us a chance".

Later, as he got into his vehicle to leave the Capitol, McCain was asked, "Why did you vote no?"

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