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Among them is raising the debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on the nation's bills, always a thorny political lift. "The working group continues to work towards reaching consensus, and we're making steady progress". "Obamacare sucks", Kennedy said. John Kennedy (R-LA). Richard Burr, R-N.C., came to the same conclusion and Sen.

Senate and House leaders met with Trump later on Tuesday at the White House, but the meeting provided no breakthrough moment.

Republicans spent the last seven years repeatedly promising to repeal and replace Obamacare at the first opportunity, while simultaneously insisting that the framework for a replacement mechanism could be worked out later. Bills passed through reconciliation also must be responding to specific instructions from an already-passed budget resolution.

"The House and Senate budgets shortchange our state at a time when we don't have to", Cooper said during a news conference. But even as senators headed toward the make-or-break vote before the Fourth of July, deep uncertainty remained about whether the emerging legislation would command enough support to pass. Rand Paul of Kentucky was "irretrievably gone" because he can't support the tax credits, so the 52-seat majority is starting at 51 votes. "We'll get it done by the end of July at the latest".

The White House acknowledged that the Russian Federation investigation had taken its toll. Congressional committees are busy issuing subpoenas.

The president lashed into ObamaCare on Tuesday by citing a recent report that shows premiums have increased in Alaska by as much at 203 percent and pointing out that another major insurance company just left the health care exchange in Ohio. Lisa Murkowski told reporters. However, it also gives leaders an excuse for taking their time to produce the most comprehensive piece of legislation they can.

Republicans are anxious about more town hall backlash over the August recess over health care.

The main Senate group working on crafting a revised version of the House's American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a task force of 13 men backed by Senate leaders.

In a setback for Republicans, veteran Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, praise this strategy.

Trump said Tuesday that the tax cut would be "the biggest in our country's history if we pass it the way we'd like it passed".

"I think that there's a natural step in which each chamber says they are going to start over but I think at the end of the day", he said, "there's going to be a lot of similarities".

Among the policy choices Republicans will begin weighing this week is postponing ACA repeal until 2020 to allow Congress additional time to draft an overhaul of the law. "I don't like what we're going to have to do, but I'm supporting doing that".

"I think the destination is already set".

"I still think in the end there's a huge reason why we have to get to 50 on this", said Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., on Monday.

But centrists want to hold onto important Obamacare requirements for covering people with pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid that is now providing coverage for millions of Americans. But the other option is spending more money which is also hard for many to accept. He sees this as a new entitlement program that is outside of the role of the federal government.

Medicaid has been a key sticking point since the Senate took up healthcare reform, as some GOP senators who are from Medicaid expansion states are reluctant to repeal it. Many states also rely on Medicaid for treatment in the opioid crisis.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said his negotiators are putting pen to paper to see where his troops stand as the effort moves into a do-or-die phase.

If McConnell can not bridge the Medicaid divide, he may have to refocus efforts on more limited legislation to rescue insurance markets across the country that have been battered by the political turmoil in Washington. In the most recent survey, Obama's party boasted a significant edge, with nearly half (48 percent) of registered voters backing Democrats on the issue, compared with 35 percent who still trusted the GOP. Those rules for the 2017 budget, intended for a health care bill, call for a $2 billion reduction in the deficit over 10 years.

The New York Times looks at Democrats' shift toward embracing single-payer health care - largely because of Bernie Sanders and their own dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act.

The president is expected to address ways of improving levees, dams and locks along inland waterways that are crucial to agricultural exports.