Today in 5 Lines
After the GOP health-care plan was stalled by unexpected GOP opposition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he will instead hold a vote “in the near future” to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it at a later date. Republican Senators Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins came out against the plan, making it unlikely to pass. President Trump told reporters that Republicans should “let Obamacare fail” in order to force Democrats to negotiate on health care. Meanwhile, in the House, Republicans released a 2018 budget plan that includes cuts to Medicare and Social Security. And CNN reports that Ike Kaveladze was the eighth person present for the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower.
- Fifty-two percent of registered voters said in a new poll that a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-linked attorney was inappropriate. When voters were told the meeting was set up so that the lawyer “could allegedly provide official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary Clinton,” support for the meeting increased to 28 percent, from 23 percent. (Morning Consult)
- Ike Kaveladze has been identified as an attendee at the June 2016 meeting, bringing the number of known participants to eight. Kaveladze was the subject of a congressional inquiry involving Russian money laundering in U.S. banks almost 20 years ago. (The Washington Post)
- President Donald Trump invited all 52 Republican senators to the White House for lunch today to discuss health care and other agenda items. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will vote early next week on an Obamacare repeal bill, despite three GOP senators saying they oppose moving forward with the legislation, which does not offer a replacement for the 2010 Affordable Care Act. (The Hill)
- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) suggested that the collapse of Obamacare-repeal efforts could free up the legislative calendar and allow for a bipartisan deal on Russia sanctions that may include sanctions on North Korea. He said a sanctions package could pass before the Senate’s August recess. (Politico)