McConnell seeks vote on border wall, Trump’s reelection bid, Congress wary of...

McConnell seeks vote on border wall, Trump’s reelection bid, Congress wary of Trump’s health care proposals

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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– As senators and members of the House Appropriations Committee work to pass a budget bill before the July 4 recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) seeks to leverage passing the deal with a vote next week for funding for President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion request for an emergency border wall.

Wall funding is a non-starter for Democrats, so McConnell is characterizing the upcoming vote, not as a referendum to increase funding for a wall or for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but one with benevolent aims. McConnell tells Fox and Friends Monday, “What’s the objection? This is not about the wall but about the humanitarian crisis.”

McConnell says that Democrats are not really interested in solving a problem, but reflexively oppose anything Trump is for, quipping that they “suffer from Trump derangement syndrome.”

(Audio: Trump on health care)

Today, President Trump launches his reelection bid in Orlando Florida, and seeks to undermine Democratic contenders’ potential focus on healthcare with a plan of his own, health reimbursement accounts (HRA).

(Audio: Trump on HRA)

McConnell took a cautious approach to HRAs, telling Fox and Friends, “we’re looking forward to seeing what he’s going to recommend.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Monday, “The American people already know exactly what the President’s health care plans mean in their lives: higher costs, worse coverage and the end of lifesaving protections for people with pre-existing conditions.”

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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