Monday, May 8, 2017

Trump, McConnell Try to Reach Deal on Health Care Bill

WaPo photo by Bill O'Leary
President Donald Trump's administration was still in its first hours when Mitch McConnell snagged an open seat next to him for a private chat at his inaugural luncheon. For more than 15 minutes, McConnell did most of the talking. The new president listened keenly.
Eleven days later, McConnell had a front-row seat as Trump announced Neil M. Gorsuch as his pick for the Supreme Court, the culmination of the Senate majority leader's advice during the campaign on how to handle the court vacancy: Consult the Federalist Society and make a list of prospects. Trump did that.
WaPo photo by Bill O'Leary
For months, McConnell, the consummate political insider, has been dispensing his counsel to Trump, the ultimate outsider, who has been absorbing the Kentuckian's words. The dynamic has provided a degree of stability in the still-forming relationship between the low-key Senate leader and the loquacious president, who are starkly different types of people.
But cracks have also emerged in their partnership, most notably when Trump has casually suggested that McConnell change the long-standing rules of the Senate and McConnell has bluntly brushed him off.
Their fragile alliance is about to face its biggest challenge yet in the next phase of the Republican effort to overhaul the nation's health-care laws. The work of revising major parts of the act known as Obamacare is now in the Senate's hands after the House narrowly passed its own bill following months of destructive Republican infighting.
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