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Republicans say they're not giving up on their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare despite their failure in the House last week to secure enough votes for legislation that would have done just that. "That's how we do things on the battlefield, that's how things should be done here", said freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., an Army veteran who lost both legs after being wounded in Afghanistan.

Ryan said Tuesday that any provision to "defund" Planned Parenthood didn't belong in the catchall measure, while Senate GOP leaders like Roy Blunt of Missouri made clear they'd like to avoid a showdown over Trump's border wall, which is loathed by Democrats and disliked by some Republicans as well. "Saying no is easy, leading is hard but that is what we were elected to do", Poe, who supported the bill, said in a statement. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday suggested the president was poking a little fun at the hard work of legislating but the question remains - does the rarest of Capitol Hill creatures - the Trump-friendly Democrat - actually exist?

President Donald Trump listens in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

"We have all been promising it - Democrat, Republican - to the public", Trump said Tuesday night.

"I think he's pragmatic and wants to get things done and there's two ways to get things done", Hohlt said. In the meantime, lawmakers face the possibility of a partial government shutdown on April 29 unless Republicans and Democrats can manage to pass a federal spending bill or provide an extension of current funding levels. I didn't begin as a big fan, but I ended up satisfied that America needed this bill to start a process to fix our healthcare system.

With the future of Obamacare repeal and replace efforts in serious jeopardy, failure to pass the AHCA may endanger the success of the second big ticket item Congress has planned: A major overhaul of the US tax system.

While the anti-establishment bloc that grew out of the tea party's rise helped the Republicans win majorities in Congress in 2010 and 2014, the internal divide, complicated further by Trump's independence, threatens the GOP's ability to deliver on other promises.

But Emanuel said in an interview that there was no discernible change in the legislation as a result of the meetings. "We believed this bill was the best way to go, but we just didn't get the consensus".

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Their comments came after another day of finger-pointing among Republicans.

House Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the bill Friday after his party's moderate and conservative lawmakers could not be persuaded to vote for its passing.

"It's time for the party to start governing", Priebus said.

(POE) Paul Ryan and the President were very accommodating. Ryan gambled that he could get his fractious caucus to rally in record time because - unlike his frustrated predecessor as speaker, John Boehner - he had a president of his own party at his back. Another 13 percent blamed Trump and 10 percent blamed Ryan. This attitude is risky, not only for his presidency, but for the country as a whole because it makes it that much harder to pass key legislation and work together to raise the debt limit, as well as avoid a government shutdown - something that could happen next month, as the federal government will run out of money on April 28. Trump also took to Twitter to pressure reluctant conservatives to vote in favor of the bill.

"It's more or less a warning shot that we are willing to talk to anyone, we always have been", he said. And frankly, if you asked the Speaker, I think he'd tell you I'm a bit of a right-wing rabble-rouser.

Now, the White House is keeping its role much lower key than it did during the final push last week and insisting it is letting rank-and-file members of Congress drive discussions on health care, which are ongoing between a small group of House Freedom Caucus members and members of the moderate Tuesday Group. What should have been cause for celebration among congressional Republicans only produced confusion and befuddlement. Before his inauguration, the incoming president called Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer the "head clown" in tweets about the health care law.

Although the House failed to bring the AHCA to a vote, Senate passage also would have been problematic. That's a shift for a fiscal conservative concerned about deficits.

"We've never stopped working", Brady told Fox News' Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo.


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