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 LeeWisconsin GOP Senate candidate rips his own parents for donations to Dems GOP moderates hint at smooth confirmation ahead for Kavanaugh GOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE MORE (R-Utah), CNN reported. Lee and Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranLobbying world This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers eye ban on Chinese surveillance cameras | DOJ walks back link between fraud case, OPM breach | GOP senators question Google on Gmail data | FCC under pressure to delay Sinclair merger review 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 ObamaTrump has the right foreign policy strategy — he just needs to stop talking The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump faces bipartisan criticism over Putin presser, blames media for coverage Wall Street Journal editorial board rips Trump on Helsinki: It was a 'national embarrassment' 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 McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment 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.