Key Senate Republicans met with President Trump on Tuesday to discuss the health care bill, getting little policy direction but rather a reminder that Trump really, really wants them to get the bill done. While he gave no concrete timeline, he made it clear that "sooner is better than later," Sen. John Thune told reporters.
Trump also made it clear that he's fine with the Senate bill looking different than the House bill, which AP reports he called "mean." Specifically, Trump said he wants the bill to be more generous towards low-income, elderly people and to protect people with pre-existing conditions, Thune said.
Current status: So where is the Senate on that bill? Sen. Orrin Hatch, chairman of the Finance Committee, laughed when asked whether they'll have a bill to send to the Congressional Budget Office this week. "I don't think so," Hatch said.
Majority Whip John Cornyn said the party "could" still meet its goal of passing a bill before the July 4 recess. When asked whether it was likely, he said, "It depends."Sen. Mike Rounds: "The timing is based upon when you get to 50...We got a long way to go yet."Cornyn also said the Senate will not vote without a CBO score.