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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 McConnellEx-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia Democrats slide in battle for Senate 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 — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Senate blocks Dem measure on short-term health plans | Trump signs bill banning drug price 'gag clauses' | DOJ approves Aetna-CVS merger | Juul ramps up lobbying Trump signs bills banning drug pricing 'gag clauses' Senate defeats measure to overturn Trump expansion of non-ObamaCare plans MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: House passes funding bill | Congress gets deal on opioids package | 80K people died in US from flu last winter Wilkie vows no 'inappropriate influence' at VA Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers 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.