The Senate is still mulling over the American Health Care Act and has not voted on it yet. There was a rumor it might be voted on before the July 4th break but that never happened. With August right around the corner, the question remains whether the recess that lasts a month will remain or be cancelled due to the Senate inability to compromise. However, one high-profile Republican official is speaking out against Senate GOP members for their failures.
Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel of the Republican National Committee is begging Congress to cancel their month-long recess until they are able to repeal and firmly replace Obamacare. The RNC provided a statement to Breitbart News exclusively and in it, they said the following about the issue,
“Republicans are fighting for the American people because we have a healthcare system, Obamacare, which is failing. I don’t know if you saw the news today that two million more people will be uninsured; this is the system Democrats put in place without any Republican input and now that it’s failing the Democrats have run away as quickly as they can.
Republicans are trying to solve a very difficult problem. It’s not easy, there’s a lot of diversity of thought, we’re having a dialogue and discussion, I do think it’s critical we find a resolution and I agree with the President that Congress should not take an August recess until they figure out the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. Our voters are depending on them and that’s part of why we were elected to lead and we need to get that done.”
This is not the first time McDaniel has made the same plea. She appeared on Fox News to speak with anchor Todd Starnes where she repeated the same requests. These requests to cancel recess were echoed by President Trump who explained on Twitter that he felt Congress could not take a recess until this matter was taken care of.
House Freedom Caucus chairman Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina also expressed the same views when he appeared on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 with Breitbart News Sunday to discuss the matter. He said,
“It’s really starting to gain momentum. The House Freedom Caucus took a position several weeks ago that we believe we need to put more things on the president’s desk. You know, he’s out there working members of Congress—we’ve got a president who works into all hours of the day and night—and yet we’re not putting things on his desk. Whether it’s health care or tax reform or the debt ceiling or the budget, we need to be about the people’s business. There’s only one place you can pass legislation, and that’s in Washington, D.C., so let’s cancel the August recess and let’s be serious about the people’s work.
We got some senators that are coming on, but I’m sure there will be some kind of online petition that starts up and says ‘is your member of Congress willing to stay in and make America great again?’ When that happens, I think you’re going to see people from coast-to-coast and all over—all your listeners—believe we should be working just as hard as they do every day.”
Meadows’ voices was also one of the loudest. Before the passage of the AHCA in the House of Representatives Meadows worked with House Tuesday Group co-chair Representative Tom MacArthur of New Jersey to create an amendment that added more money to the fund to protect people who have pre-existing conditions. This amendment is considered one of the crucial aspects of the bill that aided in getting it passed.
I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2017
The Representative continued on to say the following about the AHCA in the Senate and their ability to pass the piece of legislation,
“They’ve got to stay engaged, but some of the comments that Leader McConnell made in the last 24 hours have been very troubling in that he said, well, we just need to pack it up and deal with Democrats and stabilize the Obamacare exchanges and I fundamentally and vigorously disagree with that. We’ve all campaigned on repealing Obamacare for seven years. I can tell you, yesterday, I was talking to some folks in Transylvania County, North Carolina, which is really part of my district, and they said ‘we don’t really understand why there wasn’t a plan on the president’s desk on January 20 let alone July 20.’ My advice to them is to stay engaged.
Senator Ted Cruz has a great amendment called the Consumer Choice Freedom Amendment. They need to get on board with that, but we need to stay engaged. I can tell you, the president is personally engaged to make sure it happens. But failure is not an option. This coming week is going to be a critical time on Capitol Hill as you well know.”
History has shown that McDaniels is in good company when calling for recess to be cancelled. The movement to cancel August recess is gaining more and more momentum as additional people are publically calling for it. If it is cancelled we could see the AHCA go back to Congress by the end of the month