As they struggled to meet demands of conservative lawmakers who said they could not support the bill, House leaders decided to postpone the vote that had been scheduled for today. Earlier, conservative House Republicans had rebuffed an offer by President Trump to strip a key set of mandates from the nation’s current health-care law, raising doubts about whether House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had the votes to pass the bill.
The modern congressional whip operation shifted into high gear as the House Republican leadership scrambled to find support for its plan to overhaul the health-care industry. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan does not have the tools that previous speakers once used to win over the uncooperative before cliffhanger votes.
The lone attacker, Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man, had a criminal record but had not been convicted of any terrorism offenses. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack that killed three people, including a man from Utah who was celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s announced that Democrats will require that 60 senators vote to close debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination bid. In nearly five decades, in only one other instance was a Supreme Court nominee forced to clear the 60-vote procedural hurdle to break a filibuster.
The California Republican came under heavy fire from Democrats after going first to the press, then to the White House before consulting with colleagues about what he said was fresh intelligence about the president.
Officials said the company met the terms of the lease because the president had resigned from a formal position with the company and the organization had restructured an internal operating agreement so he received no direct proceeds.