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Pence: "Senate should vote to repeal now"

Alex Brandon / AP

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that he and President Trump, while frustrated with the GOP's unsuccessful health care efforts, "fully support" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for a repeal bill. He also drove home that Congress is not doing enough, and the gridlock in Washington needs to end — now.

Pence's bottom line: "The Senate should vote to repeal now and replace later" or take up the House health care bill. "Either way, inaction is not an option. Congress needs to step up. Congress needs to do their job. And Congress needs to do their job now."

Highlights from Pence's speech at the National Retail Foundation's Annual Summit:

Health care:

  • "Since Day 1 of this administration President Trump has been fighting tirelessly to repeal and replace... Every day Obamacare survives is another day the American economy and American families struggle."
  • "Obamacare has failed. And Obamacare must go. President Trump and I are grateful for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... most republicans were loyal, terrific and worked really hard."
  • Repeal bill: "The Senate passed the same bill in 2015 and sent it to the President's desk, and they should do it again."

Tax code:

  • Pence says the administration's tax code will cut the corporate rate to 15%, cut taxes on funds overseas, eliminate the death tax, and enact "territorial tax in line with the rest of the world."
  • "This president is going to work with this congress this year and we're going to pass the largest tax code since Ronald Reagan."