Trump expects Senate health care bill in summer

WASHINGTON (AP) Developments on Wednesday, June 7, about health care legislation (all times Eastern Daylight Time).
  • 3:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump said he is sure the Senate will get a health care bill “across the finish line” the coming summer.

Speaking at the White House to Republican House and Senate leaders, Trump lauded the “very, very long and difficult negotiation” to get his health care bill through the House.

The bill passed on its second attempt in the House.

He says it would be a good “concept” for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to follow, adding, “Now the Senate will I’m sure will follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer.”

  • 3:45 p.m.

Senate Republicans said they’re nearing consensus on health care legislation as they head toward a make-or-break vote by the Fourth of July.

They narrowed down legislative options at a meeting attended by Vice President Mike Pence.

McConnell told reporters afterward that “We’re getting close to having a proposal to whip and to take to the floor. It’s been seven years to talk about health care.”

McConnell and other congressional Republican leaders later met with President Trump at the White House. Trump praised the House for passing its own health care bill and encouraged the Senate to “follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer.”