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"I will keep working with Congress, with every agency, and most importantly with the American people until we eliminate every unnecessary harmful and job-killing regulation that we can find", Trump said.

GREENE: OK so taking all that together - he's going to have trouble getting these conservatives because you say that they'll vote no on even the question of - is the sky blue? - although that's something they would obviously say is not the case.

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the Freedom Caucus, said Sunday he was optimistic on tax reform and that his group could support a plan that is not revenue neutral.

But Emanuel said in an interview that there was no discernible change in the legislation as a result of the meetings. And whether it be further reaching out to the Freedom Caucus or seeing if he can get some Democrats on board, it will be interesting to see the tack that Donald Trump and other Republican leaders take. Trump's first reaction to its demise was to blame Democrats who refused to support it. I think that's important. As White House spokesman Sean Spicer put it, negotiations devolved to the point where, to get "two members, you're giving up 14".

Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider - celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party's leadership. Wyden said. "This administration never had one substantive conversation with me about health care reform". Admitting defeat, the president reportedly told fellow Republicans he plans to move on from healthcare and focus on other items on his legislative agenda, including tax reform.

The unmitigated failure of the GOP bill to replace Obamacare underscored that Republicans are a party of upstart firebrands, old-guard conservatives and moderates in Democratic-leaning districts.

Pulling the bill on Friday cleared out Washington, giving House Republicans a chance to cool off back home this weekend.

Despite half a dozen concessions the White House and GOP House leaders offered to the caucus on health care, its leaders held out support - enough that, when combined with opposition from moderate Republicans, it killed the bill before it could even come to a vote.

In a Twitter message, the U.S. president not only faulted the hardline Freedom Caucus and two other influential conservative groups for the stunning setback, he suggested they had weakened efforts to curb abortions, a touchstone conservative cause.

"Representative Ted Poe of Texas, who resigned from the Freedom Caucus after the healthcare debacle, said that getting an infrastructure spending package - another key piece of Trump's legislative agenda meant to spur economic growth - through Congress will be no "slam dunk".

"It's more or less a warning shot that we are willing to talk to anyone". "He's in charge, people want him to make their lives better, not make them worse because of some political anger or vendetta", he said.

On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump tweeted about the health care bill, and targeted the conservatives who had helped bring the bill down, saying that Democrats in D.C. are "smiling" because the Freedom Caucus, along with conservative groups Club for Growth and Heritage Action, "have saved Planned Parenthood and Obamacare". He's done. "We learned a lot about loyalty", the president said.

But Priebus said Republicans can't look for the flawless legislation.

"There is no path to put a supplemental (wall) as now described on that package", said Blunt, a member of the Senate GOP leadership team and is major player on health and human services accounts.

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, also a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he hopes they can work out a deal in the way they were able to come to a consensus on an immigration bill, which was initially pulled from the floor by then-Speaker John Boehner in 2014.

Mr. Schumer said Mr. Trump has a responsibility as president to attend to Obamacare. A substantial cut in tax rates for corporations and individuals inevitably does more for high-income earners than anyone else. Thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House.


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