DC Daily: GOP Senators trying to lock down health care votes

Posted at 7:50 AM, Jul 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-15 10:57:04-04

Here's what's happening in the world of politics Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Senators still seeking votes to force health care to Senate floor

-- After revealing their new health care bill this week, Senate Republicans are now on the hunt for enough votes to push the bill to a debate on the Senate floor.

Support is needed from 50 of 52 GOP senators. Two GOP Senators have already said they will not support the bill. One more vote would stop the current form of the bill from moving forward.

Calif. Senator Dianne Feinstein encouraged constituents to contact their lawmakers to help stop the bill.

The White House officials met with Senate leaders "all afternoon" Friday over the bill and President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be making calls throughout the weekend, a White House official told CNN.

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Budget office: Trump's math is $3.4T off...

-- The Congressional Budget Office has taken a look at President Trump's proposed budget and doesn't believe the math adds up.

While the White House said the budget would rein in the national deficit from $603 billion this year to a $16 billion surplus in 2027, the CBO estimated a $720 billion deficit in 2027.

The CBO said the Trump Administration seems to have overestimated growth by $3.4 trillion in tax revenue over next decade.

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Where in the world is President Trump?

-- Saturday President Trump is set to attend the USGA U.S. Women's Open at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, flying in just after his trip to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron.

U.S. kills top-ranking ISIS official

-- The Pentagon announced U.S. forces killed Abu Sayed, the leader of ISIS-Khorasan, the terror group's Afghanistan affiliate, this week.

Sayed was killed "in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, July 11," Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement to CNN. U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, spokesman for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, told CNN Sayed was specifically killed in a drone strike.

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Trump team to discuss Afghanistan strategy

-- President Trump and his national security team will meet next week to discuss the country's strategy for Afghanistan, according to CNN.

Discussions are expected to encompass a range of issues, including a new approach to working with Pakistan, troops levels, and military and non-military options for addressing ISIS.

It wasn't made clear if an entirely new strategy is expected from the meeting. Officials may also reschedule or delay discussions.

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