March 16, 2017
Good morning from Washington, where House Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare draws more fire from conservatives. Melissa Quinn reports on what could doom the bill in the Senate. Caleb Ecarma covers a protest rally on the GOP's bill, and we've got commentary from a House conservative on what's wrong with it. Fred Lucas has highlights of President Trump's first budget proposal as well as study findings on voter ID laws and minority turnout. Plus: Sen. Mike Lee on Democrats' delaying tactics. It's James Madison's birthday, also celebrated as Freedom of Information Day.
"The American Health Care Act does not repeal Obamacare," writes Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., explaining why he thinks voters will feel "betrayed" if Republicans cannot do better.
The new study finds "no definitive relationship" between tough laws requiring voters to present identification and a dropoff in Hispanic, black, and other minority turnout.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has cautioned against making significant changes to GOP leadership's Obamacare replacement plan for fear the bill would run afoul of Senate rules. But others think the bill already does.
The Trump administration is calling it an "America-first budget."
Senate Democrats have gone to such extraordinary lengths to sabotage the normal process of a new president staffing his administration that even The Washington Post called their obstruction "unprecedented," writes Sen. Mike Lee.
"Our job is real simple: Do what we told the voters we were going to do," says Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
"It's not an allegation … Somebody in the Obama administration tapped my phone," says the former Democrat congressman.
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