USA lawmakers are putting the final touches on a $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown, after the White House appeared to satisfy Democrats' demands that President Donald Trump and Republicans protect a key piece of Obamacare.
Chiefly, the White House confirmed that payments owed to health insurers under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will continue, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who spoke twice Wednesday with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
President Trump removed a crucial sticking point when he said on Monday he may wait until Republicans begin drafting the budget blueprint for the fiscal year that starts on October 1 to seek wall funding.
Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to fund government operations at current levels for one more week, giving them more time to finish negotiations with Democrats on a spending plan for the rest of the fiscal year ending Sept 30.
On Monday, US media reported that President Donald Trump may halt the construction of the wall until October to avoid a government shutdown.
A temporary funding bill expires Friday at midnight, and GOP leaders late Wednesday came out with a short-term spending bill through May 5 to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. That was a nonstarter with Democrats, especially given what little leverage in public opinion they see for Republicans.
Under the amendment, states could apply for waivers, for example, to once again allow insurers to charge sick consumers more than healthy ones and could lift requirements that all health plans cover a basic set of benefits, such as mental health and maternity care.
"The Democrats want to shut government if we don't bail out Puerto Rico and give billions to their insurance companies for OCare failure".
The spending bill, however, will likely be a source of horse-trading as Democrats and Republicans attempt to fit in their own political goals in the package.
Mr Trump campaigned throughout the U.S. past year promising a wall across the entire 2,200-mile southern border, promising that Mexico would pay for it.
Democrats would rather crash the whole works than hand a victory to President Trump. "They know that if 6 million people lose coverage because premiums would go way up, it's on their backs". A federal judge agreed previous year but allowed them to continue while her decision in favor of the Republicans was appealed by the Obama administration.
He said the construction of wall will result in less number of people and drugs coming in the U.S., which will go down by 73-74 pct. White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Wolters insisted that the funding is "not off the table", adding: "We're not pushing anything to [Fiscal Year] '18". "No poison-pill riders", Schumer said.
Earlier this week Trump signaled that he was easing off on his demand for funding for a border wall, which Democrats welcomed as a sign that they could move forward with the negotiations. "It will get built and help stop drugs, human trafficking etc", he said on Tuesday on Twitter.
Mulvaney said the White House had offered Democrats to include the Obamacare subsidies in exchange for funding the wall.
The irony is that even though Republicans have voted numerous times to gut Obamacare, many are opposed to cutting off the cost-sharing payments right away, which could cause the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplaces to abruptly collapse.