A couple hours ago, the American Health Care Act was pulled from consideration for a vote this afternoon. It marked the end of a very long and tumultuous week, but before I head home, I wanted to write a few thoughts on what’s transpired and what it means. This debate in large measure has been intense over the last month.
The phones in my office have been ringing off the hook all week with calls about the healthcare debate. There are a lot of strong opinions, and an equal number of questions.
Today has been a long day.
It began with a meeting at the White House on healthcare - and ended just a few moments ago with another meeting on the same topic. With the exception of two vote series, I have been in and out of meetings, calls, and visits on this subject through the day. Some of these exchanges have been more cordial than others.
The American Health Care Act vote is nearly upon us.
At this point, the vote is scheduled for Thursday, and as one might imagine, this is a week of intense political pressure, many visits, calls, and much conversation on its passage. This morning, President Trump came by the Republican Conference meeting and laid out his reasoning as to why the bill should pass.
Judge Gorsuch’s Senate confirmation hearings began this morning, so on that note, may I offer a few observations?
Yesterday, the House voted on H.R. 1259, or the Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability First Act, offered by Representative Phil Roe. I voted for the bill, which passed 237-178.
Today has been something of a wild day here on Capitol Hill. There is much to report.
Please allow me to play catch up on one more bill before diving back into the healthcare debate later this week….
Last week, the House voted on H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, which will set funding levels for the military in 2017. The bill passed 371 to 48, and I voted yes. The House actually voted on a bill to fund the military for this year back in June, but it never made it past the Senate.
Under the category of “putting your money where your mouth is,” this morning I voted on a bill that would put some more responsibility into the legal process for those who file lawsuits. The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 would allow a judge to order plaintiffs and their attorneys to compensate defendants if the case can’t be backed up by facts in court.