Republicans fail again to kill off Obamacare in US Senate

admin   •   September 27, 2017   •   2843

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For the second time in two months in a serious defeat for President Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the Republicans failed in their attempt to kill the controversial “Obamacare.”

“Well, today Americans breathe a sigh of relief because the health care of millions has been protected and preserved. We, Democrats, believe this is not a day for celebration, but a day to roll up our sleeves and work to make the health care system better than it is today,” said Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer.

The party was unable to win enough support from its own senators for a bill to repeal the 2010 healthcare law and decided not to put it to a vote, several Republicans said.

The latest failure to carry through on a seven-year effort to roll back the 2010 healthcare law is an embarrassing setback for Republicans.

“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us, and we haven’t given up on that,” said Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell.

Trump vowed frequently in the 2016 election campaign to scrap Obamacare, the signature domestic policy of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

The Republicans may now struggle to achieve any major domestic policy successes in Congress this year, and they could be punished for it by voters at the November 2018 midterm elections. — Reuters

 

Trump acknowledges election defeat, prepares transition for new admin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

Outgoing United States President Donald Trump has acknowledged his election defeat after the US Congress formally certified the victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the 2020 November elections.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th, my focus now turns into ensuring a smooth and orderly transition of power, this moment calls for healing ang reconciliation,” he said.

He also condemned the violence that occurred after several pro-Trump protesters breached the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

“Demonstrators who infiltrated the capital had defiled the seat of the democracy, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay,” he said.

Meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram imposed an indefinite suspension on Trump’s social media accounts. The ban will remain in place for at least two weeks or after the inauguration of Biden.

“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.

President Trump and first lady Melania test positive for COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 2, 2020

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

United States President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Trump confirmed their health situation on his twitter account where he also announced they will immediately begin a quarantine and recovery process.

The president’s physician in a statement said the president and the first lady are both well at this time but did not confirm if the two are experiencing symptoms. He added that the first couple will remain in isolation at the White House. AAC

White House blames Democrats for failure to renew federal jobless benefits

UNTV News   •   August 3, 2020

The White House on Friday (July 31) sought to put the onus on Democrats in Congress for a failure to renew expiring federal jobless benefits, saying they had rejected four offers put forward by the Trump administration without countering.

“The Democrats believe that they have all the cards on their side and they’re willing to play those cards at the expense of those that are hurting,” White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters.

Lawmakers and the White House are at odds over efforts to further shore up the economy and manage the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has left tens of millions of Americans out of work and killed at least 152,384 people in the United States.

In a meeting Thursday (July 30) night between top White House officials and congressional Democratic leaders, negotiations focused on an extension of the $600 per week in federal unemployment benefits, which Americans who lost jobs because of the health crisis have been receiving in addition to state jobless payments.

The Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sent senators home for the weekend without reaching a deal.

According to a person familiar with the closed-door negotiations, the White House proposed reducing the $600 weekly payment to $400 for the next four months. While that was a move toward the demands of Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, the source said they rejected it as insufficient.

On Thursday, Senate Republicans tried, without success, to pass a bill reducing the jobless benefit to $200 per week.

For weeks, McConnell has said any deal must include a shield for companies and schools from liability lawsuits as they reopen.

The source, who asked not to be identified, said the White House hinted that it could embrace a deal without that provision.

Democrats want a wide-ranging economic stimulus bill that would include about $1 trillion in aid to state and local governments experiencing plunging revenues during the economic downturn.

In mid-May, the Democratic-controlled House passed a $3 trillion bill that the Republican Senate has ignored. (Reuters)

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