Donald Trump,after a close vote in the House, exults over his first big legislative success since taking office.
To make sure he was still in Washington to savor his biggest legislative win yet as president, Donald Trump upended his schedule ,watching from the White House dining room as all the cable networks carried Thursday’s health care vote live.
The House passage of a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is marked as a fulfillment to Trump’s campaign promise to unravel his predecessor’s signature legislative achievement.
It let him be the President Trump that Candidate Trump had promised – a dealmaker with ability to corral a rambunctious Congress for his agenda.
In a Rose Garden victory lap Trump said “How am I doing? Am I doing OK? I’m president. Hey, I’m president,” so unusual elaborate for a bill still so far from becoming law. “Can you imagine that ?”
He has endured setbacks on Capitol Hill and in the courts,For three months,and overseen a White House gripped by internal drama.
It seemed that the man who said Americans would win so much under his leadership that they’d get tired of it not to be able to win at all — until, suddenly, he did.
The bill’s passage, even though it faces a tough path forward in the Senate,touched off a boisterous celebration among Republicans on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.The theme from the movie “Rocky” was cued up by the GOP leaders to get lawmakers in a victorious mood, at their final pre-vote meeting.The Capitol was rolled into cases of Bud Light.
Tom DeLay ,the former House whip, was spotted smoking a cigar just off the floor.
As a sign of his maturation, Trump was also deferential to the lawmakers whose support he now understands he needs.In private, with applause and handshakes, calling a handful of lawmakers and members of the GOP leadership to thank them, according to two White House official, celebration in muted fashion. And in the Rose Garden, an unusual moment of sharing the spotlight for the president was Trump’s ceding the microphone and standing smiling , as a parade of eight House member speaking.
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader ,speaks as the House prepares to vote on the health care bill May 4.
Obamacare repeal bill squeaks by in House
By KYLE CHENEY , JOHN BRESNAHAN and RACHAEL BADE
“I have never ever seen any kind of engagement like this,” Speaker Paul Ryan praised the president.
“This has really brought the Republican Party together,” Trump declared.
Strategically said, besides the absence of Trump and the White House much of the heavy lifting to get the bill passed through the House was done on Capitol Hill, letting the moderate and conservative wings of the fractious House GOP, led by Reps. Mark Meadows and Tom MacArthur, strike a deal among themselves.
According to the senior administration official “Folks that made this happen are Meadows and MacArthur,”
But according to members of Congress and White House aides., in the final 48 hours Trump himself was deeply involved, cajoling wavering lawmakers over a series of phone calls and personal visits to the White House.
“He’s been all over this like a dog on a bone,” said Republican Rep. Bill Flores of Texas.
“I give him an A+ for the administration’s engagement,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, leader of the House Freedom Caucus, involved in the negotiation for the final package.
After a close vote in the House, Donald Trump exults over his first big legislative success since taking office.
img President Donald Trump