BCDA respects this distinguished American and wishes him the very best in his recovery.
➤ BCDA strongly recommends calling Senator Shelley Moore Capito's office to encourage her continued stance against "repeal and replace."
Call (304) 347-5372
July 24, 2017
with social time at
6:30 pm and the meeting at 7 pm
Salvation Army Building
111 Ellis Street
The topics will include ratifying the updated Bylaws, strategic plans and additional summer activities.
The "Saga" Continues
"McCain's absence has side effects for GOP plans for health care reform. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose one senator to pass a bill. McCain's illness also casts doubt on what comes next for Senate Republicans' health care bill. The GOP's efforts to repeal Obamacare have collapsed in recent days as enough members have vowed to block even advancing the bill.
➤ On Monday night, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to vote on a revised version of the repeal and replace bill ran aground after Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they'd vote against the motion to proceed. Then, after McConnell announced he'd bring up the 2015 Obamacare repeal-only bill, a group of moderates announced they'd block that too.
➤ On Wednesday, more confusion ensued as Republican senators left a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House with the impression that Trump wanted Republicans to abandon a plan to vote on a repeal-only bill and return again to their repeal-and-replace strategy.
"Whatever the path forward, McConnell is working without much room for error. Even with McCain in Washington, McConnell could only afford to lose two Republicans and still pass a health care bill. Without him? McConnell can only lose one.
"McCain is known as a dealmaker on Capitol Hill, a member who is able to garner favor and find solutions on legislation that seems immovable. He was instrumental in the (bipartisan) Senate's "Gang of Eight" negotiations on immigration reform. He worked with independent Sen. Bernie Sanders to overhaul the veterans' health care system and broke with his party to support the release of the CIA's torture report.
"In recent days, McCain has called for Republicans to finally begin working with Democrats on health care. He said earlier this week in a statement that "one of the major problems with Obamacare was that it was written on a strict party-line basis and driven through Congress without a single Republican vote."
"We must not repeal the original mistakes that led to Obamacare's failure," the statement said. "The Congress must now return to regular order, hold hearings, receive input from members of both parties, and heed the recommendations of our nation's governors so that we can produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to quality and affordable health care."