"We're not getting raises, but that doesn't mean that the people who keep the lights on at night - the engineers, the painters and the carpenters - shouldn't be able to get cost-of-living increases", Murphy said. That's also 25.4 million people in states with a unified Republican state government, which would be most likely to apply for waivers and create separate high-risk pools.
Asked about a potential shutdown later in the year, Mulvaney said, "if the Democrats aren't going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable".
Mulvaney said it was "only fair" to show the press what was really in the bill and how Trump cut a good deal. The White House spent much of the day lashing out against a Washington narrative that minority party Democrats outperformed the White House in the negotiations. Democrats were happy that funding for Trump's Mexico border wall was not included. There are things in this bill that I just don't understand. "And we didn't do any touting like the Democrats did, by the way", he said at an unrelated White House event.
The House could abandon the budget process and simply pass bills without regard to whether they have an effect on the budget. They insisted that the Obama administration was making the payments illegally because there was no specific appropriation for them.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the president is feeling "frustration over how he's been treated" because Democrats have tried to spin the deal as a win for them.
"Several hundreds of millions of dollars" that would be allocated by the bill would be used to replace fences now standing along the border with "20-foot steel wall", he said.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says he's "shocked" by the behavior of lawmakers who are celebrating slowing down its construction.
Democrats said Trump's actions ensured that partisan rancor would continue to hang over Capitol Hill in the coming months.
The declarations, in a pair of posts on Twitter, appeared to be aimed at a spending package that Congress is working to clear this week, but which fails to accomplish many of Trump's stated goals.
President Donald Trump said in an interview on Monday that the bill would cover pre-existing conditions as well as Obamacare did.
Mulvaney is citing a $15 billion infusion of defense spending - about half of what Trump asked for in March - as a huge win for the White House, among other measures.
"President Trump may not like what he sees in this budget deal, but it's unsafe and irresponsible to respond by calling for a shutdown".
The Republican health care bill has been dealt a significant blow with a respected former House committee chairman saying he doesn't support it.
The current bill would allow states to opt out of Obamacare provisions that force insurers to charge sick and healthy people the same rates. And in order to strip it away, Republicans would have to vote together for majority rule. Upton's defection could make it easier for other moderates to vote no. By securing an additional $21 billion in defense spending; gaining money for miners' health care in Appalachia, and keeping pro-gun and pro-life protections. "We're convinced we've got the votes, and we're going to keep moving on with our agenda".
Earlier Tuesday, Upton had pointedly noted that the bill's language opening the door to higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions was backed by the House Freedom Caucus, whose deeply conservative members mostly support the legislation.
"Before 2014 it was all theoretical, but now it is actual people", said Rep. Larry Levitt, a health care policy expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation. An amendment that would let states waive some of those requirements has garnered the votes of reluctant conservatives but left more moderate Republicans concerned.
But on Twitter this morning, President Trump looked ahead to the next funding fight and called for a government shutdown in September to fix the system.
"We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%", he continued.
His Tuesday tweets about Senate procedures came after Senate Republicans recently triggered the "nuclear option" to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster threshold for confirming Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. That change allowed the Senate to hold a final vote to approve Gorsuch with a simple majority.
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