MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The White House and Congressional leaders are backing a new spending agreement that – if passed – would be the largest bipartisan success of the Trump presidency so far.
Despite that, the president’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare still hangs in the balance.
The White House is pushing for a healthcare vote this week, after missing the 100-day mark to make good on President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“We’re gonna get healthcare down to the floor of the House and we’re convinced we’ve got the votes,” said National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn.
The current bill does not guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions, despite the president’s assurances. Democrats aren’t on board.
“What the GOP bill does, it basically will turn the insurance companies loose to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Lawmakers could vote as early as Wednesday on a $1 trillion spending bill that would keep the government running through September.
The bill increases money for border security, but won’t pay for a border wall. It also keeps funding for Planned Parenthood and 99% of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It provides $15 billion for the military but that’s only half as much as the president wanted.
Vice President Mike Pence told CBS This Morning it’s a bipartisan win for the American people.
“The American people can be encouraged Washington is working again,” said Pence.
President Trump told a group of community bankers he’s also working to roll back regulations on their industry. The White House says it expects to have a tax reform plan by the end of the year.
The White House says it’s up to Speaker Paul Ryan to decide when to bring the healthcare bill the floor for a vote.
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