Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Freedom Caucus leader says group holding strong against Trump

Freedom Caucus leader says group holding strong against Trump

"We're trying to help you succeed". Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a Trump ally, predicted that the legislation would be kept mostly free of controversial add-ons.

The president vowed to "fight them" as well as Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections, a threat that his allies said was intended in the short term to make members of the Freedom Caucus think twice about crossing him again.

Leaders for some of the Trump groups said they viewed backing the legislation as a problem for Congress, not the White House.

Ryan repeated that "90%" of his caucus is for the health care measure, but would not commit to a timeline on holding another vote.

Trump repeatedly said during the campaign that Mexico would pay for the wall, but the administration has made clear USA tax dollars will finance it. Many Republicans, however, are also wary of Trump's vision for a massive brick-and-mortar wall. "So we'll take a look at it when they get it a little more developed". "We don't need to deal with that" in the catchall spending bill, he said. "The issue's not dead, they'll return to it".

Thomas Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch - a conservative legal advocacy group that successfully sued the Obama administration for the release of Hillary Clinton's State Department e-mails - made a pointed pitch for the release of all documents pertaining to the Russian Federation controversy, according to people who attended the session in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House.

Friday's loss on health care rekindled a long-running civil war between the party's establishment, represented by Speaker Paul Ryan, who drafted the original bill, and anti-establishment conservatives in the caucus, who thought it preserved too many elements of the Obama-era program.

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"I think the average for the last Congress was 30 for house members", Kathryn Pearson, who studies the U.S. Congress at the University of Minnesota, said. But if the Trump Train doesn't start rolling soon, it may never really get under way at all.

Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) watches a live downlink with American astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) Navy Commander G. Reid Wiseman (L) and Steven Swanson at the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 24, 2014. Conservatives don't have anything to gripe about yet since the bill is being written in secret, but they may resent getting it rammed past them in the scramble to avert a shutdown. But Trump is now considering retribution for those who did not support him, which could include support for primary challengers or using the trappings of the presidency - including using Air Force One for presidential rallies in the members' home districts - to get them in line and silence their criticisms of the White House, according to the official. Our leadership - this is a big one for them to try to lead.

More than healthcare legislation was at stake.

Defense hawks insist that won't work for the complex Pentagon budget.

Since joining Congress in 2011, Amash has staked out the kind of independent role that Trump campaigned on in MI and elsewhere, refusing to go along with party leaders on numerous occasions - and siding with Democrats when it made sense to him, for instance on issues of government surveillance - and maintaining what has been a consistent stance on what government's responsibilities should be.

Ryan's plan is built on the hope that far-right lawmakers don't revolt.

As Trump fought with House Republicans and House Republicans fought with each other, Senate Republicans expressed alarm and urged efforts at consensus. "What I am encouraging our members to do is keep talking with each other until we can get consensus to pass this bill". Conservatives, standing their ground in allegiance to principle, brought down the AHCA we have been told. "I've just got to believe that reason will prevail".

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