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White House Taking Lighter Approach to Senate Healthcare Bill

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By    |   Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 08:59 AM

The White House is taking a less hands-on stance on the Republican healthcare bill in the Senate compared to how it worked toward the House bill, according to the Washington Examiner.

"Sink or swim, this bill rests on the shoulders of leadership. It is their product with minimal White House involvement," a Senate Republican aide told the Examiner.

While the Trump administration supports the bill and the possibility that it could get a vote ahead of the July 4 recess, privately, the administration is leaving the work to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and individual senators who have more influence over the bill, as well as those who opposed the bill, the Examiner reports.

Trump called four Republican senators who had expressed concerns, and Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., after he criticized the bill, an aide told the Examiner.

Pence likely will talk about the push for the bill at Tuesday's weekly Senate Republican lunch. "He'll have a few meetings with individual lawmakers while he's on the Hill. He continues to take calls, and he'll have meetings," a Pence aide told the Examiner.

The vice president also is having dinner at his home Tuesday with a number of senators, including Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who has stated his opposition to the bill, the Examiner reported.

McConnell has little room to maneuver as a number of Republican senators, ranging from moderate to conservative, have registered their opposition to the bill, according to ABC News.

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