White House sent Lewandowski to help revive health push: report

White House sent Lewandowski to help revive health push: report
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The White House reportedly sent a pair of President Trump's former campaign aides to Capitol Hill this week in an effort to revive the Senate GOP's healthcare legislation.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie met Tuesday with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’ National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Utah), CNN reported. Lee and Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranUber: 'No justification' for covering up data breach Overnight Tech: Senators want probe of company selling fake Twitter followers | Google parent made over 0B in 2017 | House chair threatens to subpoena DHS over Kaspersky Overnight Regulation: Labor Department reportedly hid unfavorable report on tip-pooling rule | NY plans to sue EPA over water rule | Senators urge FTC to probe company selling fake Twitter followers MORE (R-Kan.) dealt a fatal blow to the Senate's Monday push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon dispatched the pair to Capitol Hill, according to the report.

White House officials did not comment during a press briefing Wednesday on who enlisted Lewandowski and Bossie to push the healthcare bill.


The Trump administration has been grappling with stalled efforts to replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Forget the Nunes memo — where's the transparency with Trump’s personal finances? Mark Levin: Clinton colluded with Russia, 'paid for a warrant' to surveil Carter Page MORE's signature healthcare law, a major campaign promise for Trump.

Trump hosted GOP senators for a lunch at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the conference’s next steps after the Better Care Reconciliation Act foundered earlier this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants 'lazy' McConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 MORE (R-Ky.) said Republicans would vote on a motion to proceed to a vote; however, it was unclear whether he wanted to move a straight repeal of ObamaCare or the Senate’s repeal-and-replace legislation.

“Next week we’ll be voting on the motion to proceed, and I have every expectation that we’ll be able to get on the bill," he said after the lunch.

The president said he did not want GOP senators to leave Washington for their August recess, so they could work on reviving the healthcare push.

"Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great healthcare," Trump said. "Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’

Trump also told Senate Republicans that anyone who votes against beginning debate on the bill is saying “you are fine with ObamaCare.”

McConnell had previously already delayed the Senate’s August recess by two weeks.