President Trump's tweeting habits are slated to receive some attention on the Sunday shows this week after they stirred outrage among lawmakers, with some accusing the president of distracting from the Senate's healthcare debate by launching a broadside against two MSNBC hosts.
The tweets attacking "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and fiancé Joe Scarborough came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.) delayed a key vote on Senate Republicans's plan to repeal and replace large parts of ObamaCare.
The bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act – faced opposition in the GOP conference, prompting McConnell to push back a vote he had initially hoped to hold this week. The move was the latest setback dealt to Republicans in their longtime effort to overhaul the nation's healthcare system.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is set to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday as the Trump administration looks to refocus on healthcare reform, with an initial vote on Senate legislation pushed until after the July 4 recess.
But some of the healthcare bill's toughest GOP opponents are also taking to the Sunday show circuit this week. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is among a group of Republican governors to accept the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, will appear on ABC's "This Week." He swiftly came out against the Senate measure last week.
Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul calls for Fauci's firing over 'lack of judgment' Vaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeCawthorn, Lee introduce bills banning interstate travel vaccine mandate Retreating economy creates new hurdle for Democrats in 2022 McConnell vows GOP won't help raise debt ceiling in December after Schumer 'tantrum' MORE (R-Utah), both early detractors of the Senate bill, are also making appearances on Sunday, with Paul set to go on "Fox News Sunday" and Lee appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation."
Senate Republicans can only afford two GOP defections on their legislation and still approve the measure with Vice President Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. So far, at least nine have said they cannot vote for the measure in its current form, while several others remain undecided.
Here's the full lineup:
NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Price is on the show. Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDemocrats say they're committed to reducing emissions in Biden plan Is the Biden administration afraid of trade? Congress sends 30-day highway funding patch to Biden after infrastructure stalls MORE (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are also set to make appearances.
ABC’s “This Week”: Kasich will make an appearance, as will White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert.
CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Lee, one of the Senate's most conservative members and an opponent of the current healthcare bill, will be on the program.
“Fox News Sunday”: Paul and Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinAngus King: Losing climate provisions in reconciliation bill weakens Biden's hands in Glasgow Independent senator: 'Talking filibuster' or 'alternative' an option Rep. Khanna expresses frustration about Sinema MORE (D-W.Va.) will be on. They will be joined by White House director for legislative affairs Marc Short.
CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE (I-Vt.) will appear.