White House expects vote on healthcare bill this week

Congress to avert shutdown hours before deadline

House Democrats had threatened to block the spending bill this week if Republicans attempted to vote on the health care legislation. The new deadline is May 5.

The problem is the extra week doesn't change the politics.

The House and Senate each overwhelmingly passed a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, by noon on Friday, 12 hours before the government was set to shut down. Chuck Schumer warned Republicans.

House GOP leaders faced pressure from the Trump administration to schedule a vote on the bill this week.

To put it another way, if this was college, Congress just got a week-long extension on its group project.

On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed the threat, predicting Democrats would be blamed for a partial government shutdown. That is sure to enrage the right flank of their own party. A Democratic Senate aide said that there are still "poison pill riders" involved in the larger negotiation concerning environmental regulations, e-cigarettes and financial services consumer protections.

By far the most coherent discussion of these questions that I have seen comes from Peter Nelson, one of America's top health care experts.

Lawmakers said they are prepared for an intense final round of bargaining on the details of the omnibus, including the supplemental that will provide some of the funding increases for defense and border security that Trump requested. "We are not voting on health care this week", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday.

GOP leaders will consult rank-and-file lawmakers on the state of the revised bill at a conference meeting on Tuesday morning, believing they have momentum toward piecing together a majority of 216 votes to pass the bill by the narrowest of margins. "Federal departments and agencies have been operating on outdated funding levels and policies for more than half of the year. They want nothing to do with giving a win to this president". "And now the hot potato has moved to those of us that are typically the ones that cast the tough votes all the time - whether it's [voting to raise the] debt ceiling or its keeping the government open".

Eventually, Republicans will either have to make peace with a shutdown or make some concessions to Democrats. But it all depends on the language, Crowley said.

Trump says being president is "something that I really love, and I think I've done a very good job at it". "That was about military spending and rebuilding the military".

On the floor, Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland said, "still significant items that are not resolved".

Trump said Sunday the White House is pushing forward, and that the GOP plan "guarantees" coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. "The amendment proposed this week would dramatically worsen the bill", said Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, in a statement. But they voted for it, anyway, citing expectations that disagreements would be resolved. But unsurprisingly, Republicans seem more eager to close the deal than Democrats. "Two-thirds of our members have never served with a Republican president before".

Read: Should Wall Street fear a government shutdown? The offer didn't sway Senate Democrats. GOP leaders say they will schedule a vote "as soon as we have the votes". Republicans were eyeing ways to bring the bill back for consideration next week.

One is Mr Trump's proposal to erect a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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