It Doesn't Get Any Easier: The GOP Tax Cut Challenge

Trump initially focused blame for the measure's failure on Democrats and predicted a dire future for the current law.

Trump has proposed deep cuts in the NIH and Centers for Disease Control to offset a big boost in military spending - but Congress will have a big say in whether those cuts happen.

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"Ninety percent of our conference was very, very upset with about 10 percent, and I didn't want things being done and said that people would regret", he said.

"We understand there's probably members in Congress who feel like 'Look, we probably need to revisit this, and we need to make an effort to get it done, ' and if that's the case, if the legislation reaches the president's desk, I'm sure he'll look to sign it", Short told The Associated Press.

On an afternoon call with donors to his Team Ryan political organization, he continued: "We're not going to just all of a sudden abandon health care and move on to the rest". House Speaker Paul Ryan huddled at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to discuss the legislative agenda, a Ryan spokesman said. Steve WomackSteve WomackDems offer House resolution to force Trump's tax returns GOP blocks Dem effort to request Trump tax returns Amash misses vote, ending flawless attendance streak MORE (R-Ark.), who was presiding over the House floor, said that a ruling on whether the resolution is "privileged" would be made at another point in time.

"I will explain how it all still works, and how we're still moving forward on healthcare with other ideas and plans", Ryan told donors, according to The Washington Post.

Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, told reporters that the "lesson of last week" was that Republicans aren't able to overhaul health care by themselves.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., filed a bill Friday that fully repeals Obamacare.

"From the beginning of the process, I think the way it was set up did not bring the disparate parts of the conference together", Amash said.

"I think the main area of consensus is that Obamacare sucks and we can do better", Sen. Yes", he said. "Are we actively planning an immediate strategy?

Trump said the Freedom Caucus of the GOP, known as a particularly right-wing segment of Republican lawmakers, snatched "defeat from the jaws of victory" after Trump-backed health care legislation was pulled off the table on Friday in an embarrassing moment for the party.

After a crushing defeat in the effort to repeal Obamacare, the Trump administration is hoping for smoother sailing on tax reform, expecting this will be less divisive among Republican party factions. "That needs to be done on a bipartisan basis so we're happy to work on it with Democrats if we can find any who are willing to do so rather than those who just want to stand back and enjoy the show".

"We need to stay here on the weekend and have an all-day conference", Weber said, noting that the one-hour weekly meetings weren't enough time to work through the sticking points. "We can fix this", said Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, another House Freedom Caucus member. And they've offered mixed messages on what comes next. "If you don't have the votes, you don't have the votes". Providing that funding would go a long way to stabilizing the market and removing a major source of insurer anxiety, though other problems would of course remain. "Obamacare will be gone", Ryan promised. "If you think this is complicated and controversial, wait 'til we get into tax reform".

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