Republican Congressional leaders signaled plans to move on to other priorities after the defeat of their health care reform bill despite pressure from President Donald Trump on Twitter to push ahead on the bill.
Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not address the health care bill in his address to the Senate, his top lieutenants including Sen. John Thune (S.D.) indicated that it was time to move on. Thune said, “We’ve had our vote, and we’re moving on to tax reform,” while Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.) added “I think it’s time to move on to something else. Come back to health care when we’ve had more time to get beyond the moment we’re in — see if we can’t put some wins on the board.”
Last week Trump tweeted “Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!”
Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017