Trump has been threatening the closure privately for months, but his staff has been trying to slow him down with data about the economic impact and suggestions on ways to lessen the financial hit. But a grinding, across-the-board effort to delay and obstruct the people this president puts up. "I want to put it after the election".
Gonzalez was the only member of Congress to vote "present" on the measure that urged the Trump administration to reverse its stance in the Texas legal case and to "cease any and all efforts to destroy Americans' access to affordable health care".
"Over the past two years, some in this body have decided that they will oppose any nominee suggested by President Trump".
But the truth is that the Republicans do own the health care issue - probably any party in power would.
Some Republicans who voted with Democrats Wednesday were from "swing" districts, and may worry that opposing Obamacare could be a liability when they face the voters again next year. Republicans wanted no part of a do-over after their failure to replace the law in 2017. We are all going to promise it's going to be our first vote.
On Wednesday morning, Trump seemed to change his mind yet again and said that a Republican health care package would be "on full display during the Election". "It's a disaster what they're planning and everyone knows it", he told reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday.
After discussing the issue with McConnell, Trump tweeted a temporary concession on the matter but pledged that a health care vote would be taken after the next election cycle when "Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House". That night, Trump tweeted as much.
Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver on Wednesday to effectively prevent Democrats from using delaying tactics to stall votes on President Trump's nominees to federal district courts and the executive branch, as the White House continues its push to transform the judiciary.
That arrangement suits Democrats just fine.
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Pointing at Schumer repeatedly during a tartly worded speech, McConnell said the battles on presidential nominees date back to Schumer-led filibusters of Bush appeals court picks such as Miguel Estrada, whose nomination stalled after a lobbying campaign by liberal judicial activists.
Last week, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, whose committee would be central to producing new healthcare legislation, said there were no plans for new legislation.
"Last night the president tweeted that they will come up with their plan in 2021", Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the Democratic leader, said at a rally in front of the Supreme Court.
After Trump dropped the issue on Republicans last week, many hoped it would just go away. "Translation: they have no healthcare plan". Publicly and privately, Republicans tried to talk to Trump.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a Trump confidant, called shifting the debate to 2021 "a very pragmatic decision".
The healthcare law has faced fierce opposition from the Republican Party. He still blames the late Sen. Translation: "they have no healthcare plan", Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said. Healthcare, especially protections for people with pre-existing conditions, resonates with voters and helped Democrats last November. According to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 115,000 midterm voters nationwide, almost 4 in 10 Democratic voters identified health care at the top of a list of key issues.
After the vote, Gonzalez released a statement that condemned Democratic leaders in Washington for being "focused on passing political messaging resolutions that make no actual change in law", instead of working with Republicans to make substantive changes.
"I think we should test out Republicans' willingness to support some of the most aggressive reforms proposed by the president", Murphy said at an AXIOS event in Washington on April 2.