Vote Delayed For Republican Senate Healthcare Bill; Trump Admin. Rescinds Clean Water Act

Yesterday Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to delay a Senate vote of the Senate Republican version of healthcare reform bill that would dismantle most elements of the Affordable Care Act, eliminate ACA taxes, and make significant cuts to Medicaid.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell hoped to have a vote completed in the Senate before Friday which marks the beginning of the 4th of July recess.

Lacking enough “yes” votes to pass the new Senate healthcare legislation, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Senate Majority Leader McConnell has decided to wait until senators return to Capitol Hill on July 10th to take a vote.

Although a small group of Senate Republicans met independently behind closed doors with no Democrats present to design the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, President Trump tweeted on Tuesday, “With ZERO Democrats to help, and a failed, expensive and dangerous ObamaCare as the Dems legacy, the Republican Senators are working hard!”

On Tuesday afternoon President Trump held a meeting in the East Room with Republican Senators and made some remarks with reporters before the meeting.

President Trump described Obamacare as a “total disaster” and later explained it was “melting down.”

Following the meeting with Republican Senators, President Trump tweeted that he had a “great meeting” and noted that Republican Senators want to get it right, unlike OCare.

“I just finished a great meeting with the Republican Senators concerning HealthCare. They really want to get it right, unlike OCare!”

Rescinding Clean Water Act

On Tuesday EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testified before a Senate Appropriations Committee concerning upcoming 2018 budget cuts that target the Environmental Protection Agency and some of its programs.

Pruitt also announced that he was rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Act that governs water pollution with the nation’s waters and wetlands.

“We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation’s farmers and businesses,”  said Administrator Pruitt.

The Sierra Club released a statement on Tuesday in response to the decision, criticizing the Trump administration for rescinding the 2015 Clean Water Act that has faced a variety of lawsuits in court.

“Trump’s and Pruitt’s decision to repeal these important clean water safeguards will put communities across the country at risk.”

Michael Brune, Executive Director of Sierra Club, released a statement on Tuesday:

“It goes without saying that the Trump administration doesn’t care about the environment, public health, or its duty to protect our most precious natural resources– and that is why it is up to us, the American people, to hold them accountable. We will fight this and every other attempt by polluters and the Trump administration to destroy our water resources.”

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