The Republican Senate majority has been decimated after the Senate failed to pass a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act, leaving President Donald Trump to control both chambers.
Trump had promised during the election that he would “repeal and replace” the health care law.
But the GOP leaders in Congress have not yet done so.
The GOP’s narrow 51-48 vote was the latest example of the president’s failure to push his agenda.
It was also a rare rebuke of his party’s majority leader, Mitch McConnell, for what Democrats have portrayed as his party-defying strategy of forcing a government shutdown and forcing a debt-limit increase to pass.
It also came just a day after Trump threatened to break the law and shut down the government if Congress did not pass a bill that provides funding to the government and includes funding for a wall along the southern border.
“The Democrats are trying to push their agenda,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
“It is going to cost us the Senate.”
McConnell responded to the President’s threat by telling reporters: “This president doesn’t have a clue.”
Trump’s threat to shut down government and shut the government up over a lack of funding for the wall came as Democrats, who hold a majority in the Senate, vowed to fight the legislation in the upcoming Senate vote.
The legislation would fund the government through September, and the government would reopen in October if Congress failed to reach a deal.
The President’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, called it a “political ploy” designed to give Democrats the ability to block the funding bill.
“We need to go over to the Democrat side and get a vote,” Mulvane said.
“And if they don’t have the votes, we’re going to pass it and reopen in September.
But if they do have the vote, it’s going to be in the next week or so.”
Democrats have accused McConnell of trying to ram the funding through without a vote.
Democrats are seeking a two-month extension of the federal government’s debt limit to allow for a debt ceiling increase, as well as spending cuts.
Republicans, meanwhile, have argued that the budget resolution will provide more flexibility for the White House, as long as it includes funding to help the VA.
The Senate’s leadership also agreed to extend the government’s borrowing authority for another week, a move that would allow for spending cuts in the coming months.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Republican Party is not ready to allow the debt ceiling to be raised without a government funding bill, according to Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could become the next President of the United States: new poll Rand Paul could end up running for president in 2020 MORE (R-Ky.).
The move would mean that the federal debt ceiling would be raised by the end of the year, which would not allow for an extension of federal funding beyond that.
“When the President of a country has an open debt, he is not going to stand by and do nothing,” Sen. Chris Coons Christopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsDemocrats who support Trump call on Senate to delay vote on Kavanaugh until after Supreme Court decisionOn The Money: Senate takes aim at IRS over Trump tax plan | Tax policy overhaul moves ahead in GOP-controlled Congress | Five charts to help you keep track of spending in Congress | CBO report on spending bill MORE (D-Del.) told reporters.
The House is set to vote on the funding measure on Tuesday evening, but Trump’s proposal is unlikely to pass the chamber.
Democrats have also expressed concern about how much money will be available for veterans, who have been left out of the relief package.
The VA has requested more than $1 billion in additional funding in the first installment of the aid package, and they have proposed $200 billion for the second installment.
“I think the VA is very frustrated,” Rep. John Lewis John LewisTrump says Dems have ‘never seen anything like’ this in their livesOvernight Health Care: House passes relief bill for opioid addiction | Senators rally for veterans | Senators unveil bill to extend federal coverage to same-sex partners MORE (I-Ga.), a top Democratic House ally, said on Tuesday morning.
“This is an incredibly bad bill that would do absolutely nothing to help veterans, and we want to make sure that it does not pass.”
The Senate voted 52-48 on Tuesday to pass legislation that would keep funding in place for a month.
Trump has repeatedly said he wants to shut the federal facility in Phoenix and shut it down permanently.
Democrats, however, argue that the facility will not close until the government reaches a deal with Trump and the White Houses negotiators.
“President Trump is threatening to shut this down,” Sen.-elect Doug Jones said in a statement on Tuesday night.
“Congress must immediately pass a full and complete government funding plan, including the funding needed to reopen our government.”
“The White House and Democrats have made it clear that we cannot afford to have a government shut down in this country,” Sen