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Pence Didn't Push on Health Care Vote
Veep did not seek to force Senate hand on latest bill

Vice President Mike Pence joined Senate Republicans at their weekly lunch, but did not opt to force the issue of taking a vote on the health care bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Vice President Mike Pence opted not to make a last-ditch pitch to Republican senators Tuesday to vote for the GOP’s latest health care bill.

Instead, Republican senators leaving their weekly lunch at the Capitol said Pence instead focused on how Congress could provide disaster aid to U.S. territories devastated by a string of recent hurricanes, pivoting from one of the president’s central campaign promises. Shortly after the lunch, GOP leaders they were shelving a vote.

Schumer Calls on Trump to Step Up Puerto Rico Aid

Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday that the island territory of Puerto Rico is in need of greater federal assistance and called on the White House to step up the aid being sent there.

Senate Republicans Commence Health Care Blame Game
Unclear what is next step for outstanding health issues

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell heads to the podium to speak to reporters about the GOP health care bill following the Senate Republicans’ policy lunch Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Frustration overtook Senate Republicans on Tuesday as the reality sunk in that they had failed again in fulfilling a seven-year campaign promise to repeal the 2010 health care law.

And senators were looking to cast blame wherever they could find it.

Tennessee’s Bob Corker Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2018
Foreign Relations chairman will leave behind safe GOP seat

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2018. 

“When I ran for the Senate in 2006, I told people that I couldn’t imagine serving for more than two terms,” the Senate Foreign Relations chairman said in a statement.

Photo of the Day: A Bipartisan Embrace
The Senate majority leader announced the health care bill was pulled

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Susan Collins, R-Maine hug on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the latest plan to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law had been pulled from the floor, a Democrat and a Republican embraced.

Trump Denies Being Distracted by NFL Flap
'I have plenty of time on my hands,' president says

President Donald Trump listens to a question from a member of the media after he returned to the White House from Florida on Sept. 14 after viewing hurricane damage there. On Tuesday, he denied being distracted by his feud with the NFL from helping Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday rejected any notion his war of words with NFL players, owners and various and sundry other professional athletes has kept him from adequately dealing with post-hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, even as he kept at it and issued yet another bellicose warning to North Korea.

Earlier in the day, Trump brought his back-and-forth with the country’s top professional sport into its fifth consecutive day with a trio of morning tweets boasting about the Dallas Cowboys being booed in Arizona Monday night when they knelt in unison before the anthem played.

Senate GOP Shelves Vote on Latest Health Care Proposal

Sen. Bill Cassidy was pushing for a vote on a proposal to replace the current health insurance system this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate will not vote on a proposal to overhaul the 2010 health care law this week, senators said after Republicans hosted Vice President Mike Pence at their weekly closed-door lunches on Tuesday.

Consideration of the bill will be “postponed until we can get the votes,” Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said after the lunch.

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