And shortly after that, Trump posted: "If the Senate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 majority vote in first minute".
Brady chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. In is John Kelly, the current secretary of Homeland Security.
Hours later, when Graham announced that he'd been sufficiently assured, most of us assumed his close friend and ally McCain would go along too. Priorities USA, the powerhouse Democratic super PAC, has already released an online ad targeting Heller for his health care position. Thursday, in a last-ditch attempt to fulfill his party's pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he presented a pared-down bill that would have gutted key elements of the 2010 law-including the individual and employer mandates and the requirement that states provide certain minimum benefits like maternity care-and defunded Planned Parenthood for one year. Late last night, Republicans failed to deliver on that promise. Made up of children with medically complex needs, the Little Lobbyists spent much of July 10 talking to Senators and asking them to vote no on the Senate's health care bill.
Republicans who broke ranks with the party and dealt another humbling defeat to President Donald Trump and his pointman Mitch McConnell were senators John McCain, of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Susan Collins of Maine.
SUSAN DAVIS, BYLINE: Hey again, Kelly.
"We are not celebrating, we are relieved", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote. What was it like? "It's coming together. You'll know it when I know", Cornyn told reporters.
The vote - held in the dead of night - came down to the wire, with the decisive moment resting with Senator John McCain, recently diagnosed with brian cancer, who sided with two moderate Republicans and all Democrats in opposing the legislation. Procedurally stalled, McConnell adjourned the Senate until Monday, and now it's unclear if McCain will be able to be on hand when his bill comes to the floor. When he walked into the well of the Senate around 1:30 a.m. and gave a thumbs-down to the legislation, there were audible gasps.
Just like on health care, there were no guarantees. "After consultation with my generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military", he explained in a series of tweets. "If they don't get passed, you're going to get people who are frustrated don't show up at the polls".
That prompted Democratic Sen.
Schumer went on to say that Sen. We long for it. "Passing this legislation will allow us to work with our colleagues in the House toward a final bill that can go to the president, repeal Obamacare, and undo its damage".
DAVIS: That, of course, is not as easy as it sounds. He said it also would have provided more flexibility to states in providing medical care to low-income Americans and repeals the medical device tax for three years while increasing the amount of money that people can contribute to Health Savings Accounts. And I don't think it should come as any surprise that Republicans are not very eager to do that. "I turned out to be right, let Obamacare implode". Trump tweeted. "It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country". What's the fallout been? The uncharacteristic behavior was on full display Thursday, creating a surreal situation on Capitol Hill that would be comical if what lawmakers were doing didn't affect one-sixth of the economy and health coverage for tens of millions of Americans. "I do my job as a senator". And Republicans were sort of stunned coming off the floor.
McConnell said it was time for Democrats "to tell us what they have in mind".
Lots of Republicans want Trumpcare to die, but nobody wants to be the Republican who murdered it. "That's a risk, but I presume there will be assurances or indications that that's probably not going to happen", Perdue said.
And then you have the political question, the political fallout.
There was also trouble inside the White House with President's new communications director Anthony Scaramucci - dubbed The Mooch - deriding other Trump aides, including chief of staff Reince Preibus, in coarse and vulgar language not normally heard in official quarters. "We have to keep working at this until we get the job done".