GOP leaders say Trump has been too aggressive on Obamacare
The Republican Party has been largely silent on Donald Trump’s threat to shut down the government if Democrats block the GOP’s health care overhaul.
But that has changed.
The House Republican Conference has released a new set of rules intended to limit the damage from a potential shutdown.
The GOP is trying to keep the party united despite a divisive president and a growing divide between conservatives and moderates in the party.
In an open letter to House GOP leaders on Monday, the top Republicans said Trump’s threats against the GOP are “untenable” and “dangerous” and should be stopped.
The rules say that any spending bills that include language restricting the government’s ability to make payments to insurers, hospitals and other health care providers must be “substantially balanced.”
That would include a $1 trillion tax cut, a $600 billion boost to Medicaid and other entitlement programs and $1.1 trillion for the government-run Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The top Republican on the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has been working with Democrats on the plan to pass the spending package.
But Trump has not agreed to the new rules and the White House is pressing Congress to defund the health care law.