Mike Pence

There’s Danger for Democrats, Too, in Obamacare Repeal
Blame for not replacing health care law may end up on everyone’s hands

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, center, and Reince Priebus, incoming White House chief of staff, leave a news conference with Republican senators after the Senate luncheons in the Capitol on Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“So the dog finally caught the car.” That seemed to be the consensus in Washington Wednesday after Vice President-elect Mike Pence and congressional Republicans declared with confidence that they will begin to repeal Obamacare immediately, but struggled to say what Americans could expect as a replacement for the president’s signature health care law, or when.

“It will literally begin on Day One,” Pence promised in a press conference about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for dismantling Obamacare. But when asked what exactly will happen on Day One, or what the House will eventually vote on, Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to go into detail.  

White House Watch: Uncertainty Surrounds Obamacare Repeal

Capitol Ink | The Best of 2016
View the tumultuous year of 2016 through the satirical lens of RJ Matson

Originally published on March 24, 2016

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Trump Team Renounces Climate Change Survey
Transition team requested names of Energy Department employees working on climate change

A spokesman for Donald Trump’s presidential transition team said it had not approved of a survey of Department of Energy workers. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team declared Wednesday that it had disavowed a 74-part survey sent to the Department of Energy requesting the names of civil servants working on climate change.

Inside Man: Pence Emerging as ‘the Key’ to Trump’s Agenda
Ex-House leadership team member speaks fluent policy, knows Hill players

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, center, pictured recently with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, right, and incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is emerging as the Trump administration’s get-things-done guy in Washington. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump has seldom ventured beyond his midtown Manhattan tower since winning the election, delegating responsibilities in Washington to Vice President-elect Mike Pence in what experts say likely is a preview of the next four years.

Trump has not returned to the capital since meeting with President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders on Nov. 10.

Pence: Obamacare Repeal Comes First for Trump
Immigration, taxes, infrastructure to follow on envisioned agenda

Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., in the Hart Senate Office Building on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Repeal of the 2010 health care law is a top priority as soon as Donald Trump takes office in January, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said in a Sunday television interview.

“Decisions have been made, that, by the president-elect, that he wants to focus out of the gate on repealing Obamacare and beginning the process of replacing Obamacare with the kind of free-market solutions that he campaigned on,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Pence Previews Trump Priorities While GOP Seeks to Punt Funding Debate Into New Year
VP-elect tells members they should expect to work more next Congress

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan had a private meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President-elect Mike Pence previewed some of the incoming Trump administration’s priorities on Capitol Hill Thursday while Speaker Paul D. Ryan sought to accommodate the next president by laying plans to punt a government funding debate into next March.

With Pence present, Ryan told a House Republican Conference meeting that they would vote on a short-term continuing resolution in the lame-duck session.

Will the Deal-Making Pragmatist in Trump Surface in the White House?
Cautious optimism he'll be a better governing executive than he was a candidate

If traditional conservatives with actual experience weren't willing to ally themselves with candidate Donald Trump, there would be no such individuals whispering in his ear during the transition, writes Matt Lewis. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For much of 2016, we focused on the schism in the Republican Party. Today, it is the Democrats who are in need of an autopsy. We always knew they had problems, too, but we figured that Hillary Clinton’s election would allow them to brush their issues under the proverbial rug. Instead, the rug caught fire, and the roof caved in.

Having publicly (and privately) wrestled with their problems for over a year, Republicans were better positioned to handle defeat. Instead, they were handed an unexpected gift at a party they hadn’t even been invited to. Meanwhile, having had little cause for introspection, Democrats are in shock and mourning over a sudden death in the family that came after having received a clean bill of health.

Will Pence Be Trump's Key to Capitol Hill?
The vice president-elect has congressional chops

Speaker Paul Ryan, left, met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Day Two of Donald Trump’s presidential transition brought the president-elect and his running mate Mike Pence to Capitol Hill. It’s almost certain to be a frequent haunt for the former six-term congressman and current governor of Indiana.

Trump and Pence both sat down with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday afternoon, in the leaders’ first face-to-face meeting since Trump’s stunning win on Tuesday.