Dec 13, 2017

Freedom Caucus chair says “most” oppose ACA subsidies, reinsurance

Chairman Mark Meadows said most of the Freedom Caucus opposes CSR funding. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Wednesday that "most" of the Freedom Caucus would vote against a spending bill that funds the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing subsidies or includes a new reinsurance program — although he expects both to be in the government funding bill next week.

"I expect them to be in the bill but I am not supporting them...Most in the Freedom Caucus would vote against CSR's," Meadows told me, adding that the caucus has taken no official position.

Why this matters: Passing CSR funding and reinsurance into law is key to getting Sen. Susan Collin's vote on tax reform. But without the support of the Freedom Caucus — or other conservatives — including those provisions would force House leadership to rely on Democratic votes to avert a government shutdown.

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

President Trump on stage during the 2016 Republican National Convention in Ohio. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.