Published: Wed, March 29, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump gives Freedom Caucus an ultimatum on replace bill

Trump gives Freedom Caucus an ultimatum on replace bill

Mulvaney, before he joined the Trump administration, was a conservative House member from SC, where he was a member of the Freedom Caucus who railed on Obamacare, President Barack Obama's sweeping health care law that Republicans are looking to repeal.

As the drama heightened over the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill Thursday, President Trump told the Republican holdouts that he was done negotiating, and that if this bill didn't pass on Friday, they would be "stuck" with Obamacare.

When the effort collapsed, sparking a blame game between White House aides and congressional leaders, an unusually subdued Trump quickly vowed to move on.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, New York Republican Lee Zeldin, who supported the GOP healthcare bill, said he believed "that [Trump] wouldn't know that's what was going to be said", adding about Ryan: "I think he should stay as speaker".

OH governor John Kasich, an opponent of Trump in last year's primary and a consistent critic since, also said healthcare reform was not dead but admitted that his party was badly split. "That will be next".

The assertion from Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina threw a wrench into plans for a vote on the bill later Thursday. "In fact, he thought Paul Ryan worked really hard".

Two dozen or so Freedom Caucus members have opposed the legislation pushed by GOP leaders, saying it doesn't go far enough to repeal "Obamacare".

But some lawmakers suggested Sunday that progress could yet be achieved if Democrats were brought into the picture. And a Freedom Caucus aide said Wednesday that the now have more than 25 no votes and are "asking leadership to start over". "Mick Mulvaney told Republicans behind the doors behind me, he said that the president wants a vote tomorrow, and is moving on after this vote regardless of what happens".

"There's no question we have left everything on the field", Spicer said.

The Club for Growth, one of the groups Trump singled out for blame in the repeal debacle, has a strong anti-tax focus and has always been influential in conservative Washington circles.

The Club for Growth, with its tight focus on anti-tax policies, has always been influential in conservative Washington circles and reportedly financed a half-billion dollar ad campaign urging Republican lawmakers to oppose their party's health bill.

It was an early critic of the Trump candidacy, branding him a "big-government liberal".

By invoking Planned Parenthood in his attack on the conservative groups- the country's largest provider of abortion services - Trump appeared to be trying to again mobilize his vocal grassroots base for the battles ahead.

"The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows (Planned Parenthood) to continue if they stop this plan!" he tweeted Friday morning.

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