President Trump was handed his first major defeat of his young presidency on Friday, when Republican leaders failed to come up with enough Republican votes to pass the American Health Care Act in the House and were forced to pull it just before a planned vote on the measure.
After a series of last minute closed door deal making sessions, the president, who ran as the businessman candidate who would be able to cut deals in Washington, failed to win over enough Republicans to push his Obamacare replacement past the House. Shortly after the bill was pulled, the president told reporters in the White House that Obamacare would stay in effect for the foreseeable future, but noted that the law would not be able to sustain itself.
This Sunday on “Face the Nation,” we’ll talk to Sen. Tom Cotton, R- Arkansas, about the failed bill. Cotton, a vocal opponent of the American Healthcare Act, warned House Republicans not to “walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate.” His House colleagues seem to have heeded his advice, but what’s next for health care? Even Democrats think parts of Obamacare should be fixed, but with an embarrassing defeat for the party, will Republicans regroup, or will they move on to other priorities?
The House health care debacle wasn’t the only big story this week -- House Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes, R – California, and the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, D – California, are at odds over their investigation of Russian influence within the Trump campaign. Schiff says he has “grave doubts into the (committee’s) ability to run a credible investigation.” He’ll tell us why and will give us the latest developments in the investigation, as former Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have both signaled their willingness to talk to the committee.
We’ll hear from another member of the committee, Rep Trey Gowdy, R- South Carolina. Gowdy, who is no stranger to major congressional investigations (he chaired the House investigation into the Benghazi attack and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server), expressed his grave concern of the alleged leaks coming from the Intelligence Community during FBI Director James Comey’s hearing before the committee earlier this week.
Former Secretary of State George Shultz will also appear this Sunday to give his thoughts on the new administration and the role the United States should play in the international community. Schultz, who served in the Reagan administration, was also a business man before heading into public service and he will tell us the advice he gave to the current Secretary of State and the former CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson.
After a whirlwind week in Washington we’ll discuss the week’s news with our political panel: we’re joined by Juliet Eilperin the Washington Post’s senior national affairs correspondent, The National Journal’s Editorial Director Ron Brownstein, CBS News Political Analyst and Slate’s Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie and the publisher of The Federalist, Ben Domenech.
Check your local listings for times. Don’t miss it!