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COUNTERPOINT: Real bipartisan progress needed on health care reform

COUNTERPOINT: Real bipartisan progress needed on health care reform

Should Alexander and Murray succeed at the Senate level, challenges remain as legislation would move on to the House and ultimately to President Donald Trump's desk. "We're not going to solve everything, but we're trying to deal with the problem at hand, and that's exactly what we did", McSally, who voted in favor of the House health care bill, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday.

Trump's friends said there is value to letting Trump be Trump, particularly since Priebus' attempt to shape Trump into a more traditional president failed spectacularly. He added that the Republican Party has a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to redesign the nation's tax laws.

When Senate Republicans failed to repeal and replace the "Affordable" Care Act, they by default committed themselves to upholding the doomed law. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

I'm sorry, folks, but this is the way it's going to have to be done, because this is the United States, not Venezuela, and here, we're supposed to work things out through principled compromise.

The inability to find positive, constructive fixes to the Affordable Care act, is a clear example that both parties engage in the wrong kind of compromise.

Several Republican and Democrat lawmakers agree that Congress needs to prevent a collapse of the health insurance market, which could hurt millions of consumers - and that concern has opened up some bipartisan dialogue.

Assuming Democrats are savvy enough to get that message across, and adept enough to get a lot of new folks registered to vote - not a given, by any means - the next round of congressional elections could turn out to be a Little Big Horn for Republican candidates.

But, the prospect of a bipartisan bill this time fizzled quickly earlier this week. But the debt ceiling increase can't be included in a reconciliation package, meaning that the Republicans' slim 52-member majority can't get around a Democratic filibuster without those eight votes.

When constituents ask why Republicans haven't finished their long promised health care overhaul, passed a budget or crossed any big-ticket campaign promises off their to-do list, GOP leaders want members to point instead to the bills they have passed. Other Democrats are sure to join the race given that Florida's 26th is the bluest district now represented by a Republican.

"People may turn on their TVs, and they think that all that we do here in this bubble is spend our time focusing on one thing at one time, or you know, bickering with each other about one thing", Ryan said.

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"At this point, neither of them (health care and tax reform) are accomplished - I believe we can get both done, and I believe we can deliver on all four", he continued.

The White House has "learned how hard it is to thread the needle with 52 senators", Short said.

This week, the administration expressed support for a long-shot bill that would create a merit-based immigration system prioritizing English-speaking immigrants and reducing overall legal immigration numbers.

Meanwhile, Congress closed up shop and went home for August recess. The House promptly adjourned for its August recess and will not be back in session until after Labor Day.

Already, staff is working on draft legislation.

Blunt said lawmakers would take notice if governors say they back Graham's proposal.

Among its more notable successes this year, and against Mr. Trump's objections, Congress passed a tough Russian Federation sanctions bill with a veto-proof majority, which the president begrudgingly signed this week.

"This won't be an easy process, but the people we represent are depending on us for help".

Indeed, I fear that the recent fight over the inclusion of a border adjustment tax to generate revenues is only the beginning. In the aftermath of the health care bill falling apart, Republican senators have blamed the White House for its lack of a plan. Sen.

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