Senate Dems to hit GOP on health care in August

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat Trump's private Mar-a Lago club Tuesday

Insurers from Washington state to NY have requested double-digit premiums increases on Obamacare plans for next year, citing static enrollment and Republicans' decision to scrap penalties tied to the individual mandate to hold insurance. Republicans have made it a top priority to get Trump's nominees on the bench, to the alarm of Democrats, who say Republicans are working to stack the federal judiciary with young ideologues who will shape it for decades to come.

"Senators should expect to remain in session in August to pass legislation, including appropriations bills, and to make additional progress on the president's nominees", McConnell said.

Democrats, the minority party in the Senate, countered that they meant to use the extra time to push for a debate and votes on healthcare, an issue they have been touting in campaigning for congressional elections in November. Most Americans don't take (or get) the entire month of August off. The 2018 election map is an incredibly harsh one for Democrats, as Democrats hold 26 of the Senate seats up for re-election this cycle. Republicans have nine incumbents on the ballot. If Mr. McConnell goes through with a full August schedule, vulnerable Democratic senators would most likely face the prospects of skipping some votes in Washington to campaign at home - and risk being accused of shirking official duties.

Toomey, who was re-elected in 2016 and thus insulated from immediate voter blowback, engaged with the Trump administration on tariffs as early as March 8, calling them a mistake.

But the second-ranking Republican, Sen.

Democrats immediately cried foul over the move, arguing it was a clear political play by McConnell.

"We Democrats, our entire caucus, believes this previously unscheduled session time can be put to good use to finally help Americans secure the affordable health care that President Trump and congressional Republicans have thus far failed to deliver", Schumer said Wednesday. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Prompting criticism from many of his fellow Republicans as well as business groups, Trump decided last month to open a trade investigation into whether auto imports had damaged the USA auto industry, which could lead to tariffs of up to 25 percent on "national security grounds".

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Gardner posited that Democrats, many of whom have voiced support for Trump's harder line on trade talks, would balk at the idea of reining him in. John Boozman, a Republican from Rogers.

McConnell told host Laura Ingraham that the Senate would not pass any immigration bill unless President Donald Trump was OK with it and willing to sign it.

There is one Republican senator who could feel the heat from this decision, though: Nevada Sen.

Soon after the defeat, Senate Republicans adjourned the session until Monday afternoon, June 4.Hochul said, "We are simply trying to say: allow this body to vote on bills that are important to the people of NY".

McConnell also said he wants smaller appropriations bills rather than an omnibus spending bill, according to the Washington Examiner.

Corker said Trump called him Wednesday morning and asked him not to introduce the legislation, which would give Congress the power to authorize or reject any new tariffs because of national security concerns.

"What I'm in favor of is getting bills passed that we have to do for the country", McConnell said.

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