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Pence says health-care bill will land on Trump’s desk by end of summer

Vice President Pence expressed optimism Wednesday afternoon that a health-care bill would land on President Trump’s desk “before summer is out.”

“Today, my fellow Americans here can be assured before the summer is out — working with the Congress — President Donald Trump will keep his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,” Pence said during an appearance at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Washington think tank.

Speaking hours after the Senate Republican bill was unveiled, Pence said he and Trump are grateful for the efforts of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“We look forward to working with the Senate majority to move this legislation forward,” Pence said. “The president and I are determined before this summer is out to keep our promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare and give the American people the kind of world-class health care that they deserve.”

GOP health-care bill: The latest news and reactions

Senate Republicans are set to release a health-care bill that would curtail federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood as part of an effort to fulfill a years-long promise to undo Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.

Follow along for the latest updates throughout the day, and check out the current whip count here.

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