Today in 5 Lines
Vice President Mike Pence provided the tie-breaking vote in the Senate’s motion to begin debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Arizona Senator John McCain voted to proceed, but in a speech on the Senate floor, he added that he “will not vote for this bill as it is today.” During a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, President Trump praised the Senate for moving forward, and thanked McCain, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, for returning to the Capitol for the vote. Trump also added that he is “disappointed in the attorney general,” after lashing out at Jeff Sessions on Twitter Tuesday morning. The Senate Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, to appear before the panel on Wednesday.
- The House voted 419-3 to pass legislation that includes sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The bill requires a Senate approval before it can be sent to the White House, where President Donald Trump is said to be undecided on whether he would sign the measure into law. (Reuters)
- The Senate Judiciary Committee dropped its subpoena of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Plans are underway for him to speak privately with investigators. (Politico)
- Senators voted down a modified version of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The 43-57 tally was one of many votes the Senate is expected to take this week on health care legislation. (Bloomberg)
- A plurality of voters (45 percent) said Trump and congressional Republicans have done less than they expected, according to a new poll. GOP voters said they doubt that Republican lawmakers want to work with Trump. (Morning Consult)