Week in Review
- President Donald Trump offered his support for a health care bill proposed by Senate Republican leaders. The measure aims to undo key portions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Former President Barack Obama called the legislative proposal “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”
- GOP voter opposition to the House-passed American Health Care Act, which Trump once backed but has since called “mean,” has doubled since April. Overall support for the measure has also declined.
- Trump said he does not have tapes of conversations he had with then-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey. He said he has “no idea” if such tapes exist.
- A federal judge in Hawaii narrowed his injunction against Trump’s travel ban, allowing the administration to move forward with studies and policy reviews his executive order also called for.
- Senate GOP leaders published the legislative text for their plan to repeal and replace key portions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The proposal is similar to the House-passed bill. Five Republican senators have said they are not ready to back the Senate’s plan.
- Democrat Jon Ossoff lost a special election in Georgia’s 6th District against Republican Karen Handel to fill the seat previously held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. In South Carolina’s 5th District, Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election to replace former Rep. Mick Mulvaney, who’s now Trump’s budget director.
- After losses in four special elections this year, Democrats openly expressed concerns about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was featured in ads against Democratic candidates. In a press conference , Pelosi said she was “worth the trouble” because she was a good fundraiser, a “politically astute leader” and a “master legislator.”
- House Republicans are not yet in agreement on a spending plan for fiscal year 2018, a step that needs to be completed before they can move onto tax reform.
- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise‘s condition is improving following a shooting earlier this month. The gunman who shot the Louisiana Republican had on him a list with the names of six lawmakers, according to the FBI. The House Administration Committee is moving to increase funding for lawmaker security.