Senate leadership opposes overturning ACA and closing border

Senate leadership opposes overturning ACA and closing border

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters, April 2, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks to reporters, April 2, 2019, (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian/TMN)

On the Hill with Doug Christian

CAPITOL HILL – The Republican resolution to speed up President Donald Trump’s nominations of sub-cabinet appointments hit a snag on Tuesday when it didn’t receive the 60 votes necessary to pass. Of the measure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says:

(Audio: McConnell blames the Democrats for obstruction and delays)

On the question of Congress taking up repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, Leader McConnell says:

(Audio: McConnell told the president that they will not seek repeal and replace)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says of the Republican plan:

(Audio: Schumer – Republicans have no plan)

Of closing the southern border, Majority Leader McConnell says:

(Audio: McConnell says closing the border would be an economic catastrophe)

And Minority Leader Schumer says:

(Audio: Schumer say the economic disaster would be huge)

Today the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, speaks before a joint session of Congress on the 70th anniversary of NATO after he had a meeting with President Trump on Tuesday. NATO has come under increased pressure from President Trump, who has questioned its relevance and asked on numerous occasions why the United States should pay for Europe’s defense.

Looking forward, the House Judiciary Committee is expected today to vote to authorize Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to subpoena the full unredacted report by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Russian interference in the 2016 election from Attorney General William Barr. Democrats don’t expect the attorney general to comply, and they believe the struggle for the report will end up in the courts.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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