Trump Corrals Conservatives Behind Obamacare Repeal Bill

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The Republican-led Congress on Friday passed a bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight and give U.S. lawmakers another week to work out federal spending through the end of the fiscal year, with tricky issues like defence spending still unresolved.

But House Republicans left the Capitol with their goal of voting to repeal the health care law still eluding them and eluding Trump, who will conclude his first 100 days Saturday without a marquee legislative achievement.

Without the extension or a longer-term funding bill, federal agencies will run out of money by midnight Friday, likely triggering abrupt layoffs of hundreds of thousands of federal government workers until funding resumes.

The threat of an impending government shutdown may reflect poorly on Republicans' ability to govern, according to many Americans, but that doesn't mean President Donald Trump will admit he's anxious about it.

The bipartisan agreement includes policy victories for Democrats, whose votes will be necessary to pass the measure in the Senate, as well as $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion more for border security requested by Republican leaders in Congress.

The measure gives negotiators until next Friday to resolve final differences over a $1 trillion bill financing federal agencies through September 30.

Jordan said he thinks the House could vote this week on health care legislation still being crafted by the White House and negotiators from Republican leadership, the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and the more moderate Tuesday Group.

The president dropped his demand for funding for a wall on the border with Mexico, saying enough money was available for planning the project.

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The lower chamber approved the measure in a 382-30 vote and the upper chamber approved the bill by unanimous consent.

Trump has proposed a US$30-billion spending boost for the Pentagon for the rest of this fiscal year. The question is, how many moderates do they lose?

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., wants to avoid an encore of last month's embarrassment.

"I'm disappointed that it doesn't go quicker", Trump said of his interactions with Congress, in an interview airing Friday on Fox News Channel. Trump's hard line on the subsidy payments under Obamacare-threatening to stop making them unless Congress acts while simultaneously accusing Democrats of threatening to shut down the government over them-illustrates this dynamic well.

The Republican pledge to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act remains on hold.

Centrist Republicans were the primary target of lobbying by the White House and GOP leaders seeking the 216 votes they would need to clinch passage of the health measure. She said Republicans who support the revised version will have "doo-doo on their shoe, a tattoo on their forehead". But Democrats, whose votes are needed to pass the measure, are pushing back.

"As soon as we have the votes, we'll vote on it", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters late Thursday after leaving a meeting of the House GOP leadership that lasted almost two hours.

Democrats were more critical of the Trump administration's early work. A Democratic Senate aide said that there are still "poison pill riders" involved in the larger negotiation concerning environmental regulations, e-cigarettes and financial services consumer protections.