Schumer calls on McConnell to send bipartisan health care bill to floor this week

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns MORE (R-Ky.) Sunday to bring a bipartisan short-term ObamaCare stabilization deal to the Senate floor this week, despite uncertain support from President Trump.

"This is a good compromise. It took months to work out. It has a majority. It has 60 senators supporting it, we have all 48 Democrats, 12 Republicans. I would urge Senator McConnell to put it on the floor immediately, this week," Schumer told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. 

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"It will pass. It will pass by a large number of votes. That'll put pressure on the House because let's not forget what this bill does is prevent premiums from going up," he continued. 

"If Republicans think that if premiums go up they're going to avoid the blame, if Senator McConnell thinks that, he's wrong," he said. 

Schumer's comments come after Trump said on Thursday he would be open to the bipartisan solution put forth by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Horse abuse for ribbons and prizes has to stop MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: Trump officials defend changes to family planning program | Senators unveil bipartisan package on health costs | Democrats pass T spending bill with HHS funds Chris Murphy may oppose bipartisan health bill unless it addresses ObamaCare 'sabotage' Key senators release bipartisan package to lower health care costs MORE (D-Wash.). But he had criticized the plan prior to those comments.

“We will probably like a very short-term solution until we hit the block grants,” Trump said. “If they can do something like that, I'm open to it.”

McConnell told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" on Sunday that he would be willing to bring a health-care bill to the Senate floor if he had confidence Trump would sign it. 

"I'm not certain yet what the president is looking for here, but I'll be happy to bring a bill to the floor if I know President Trump will sign it," McConnell said. 

"What I'm waiting is to hear from President Trump what kind of health-care bill he might sign. If there's a need for some kind of interim step here to stabilize the market, we need a bill the president will actually sign," he continued.