Washington Brief: Cornyn Promises Eventual Vote On Senate’s Health Care Bill

> A Top Republican Vows a Vote on Health Care, but Uncertainty Reigns

Robert Pear, The New York Times

A top Senate Republican vowed on Sunday to bring the party’s health care bill to a vote as soon as possible, even as detractors said they would use a delay caused by the absence of Senator John McCain to mobilize further opposition to the measure. “I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we’ll have that vote,” the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

>No new CBO score Monday as Senate delays health care vote

CBS News

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will not be releasing its updated score for the Senate health care plan Monday as originally planned, according to a Republican aide on the Senate Budget Committee. The shift follows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement Saturday night that a vote on the bill will be delayed due to Arizona Republican John McCain’s absence from the health care debate.

>McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say

Denise Grady and Robert Pear, The New York Times 

The condition for which Senator John McCain had surgery on Friday may be more serious than initial descriptions have implied, and it may delay his return to Washington by at least a week or two, medical experts said on Sunday. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has already announced that votes on a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act will not begin until Mr. McCain’s return.

> Warner Wants More Investigation Into Trump Digital Campaign Role

Mark Niquette and Alan Bjerga, Bloomberg

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee called for more investigation into the digital activities of Donald Trump’s campaign, amid concerns about Russian-directed misinformation efforts to influence the election, even as the president’s lawyer vigorously defended his client. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said he wants to look into the activities of Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that advised Trump’s campaign, as well as Trump’s digital efforts during the election because of the way false election stories about Hillary Clinton were circulated and targeted online.

> White House squeezes Jeff Flake

Alex Isenstadt, Politico

The White House has met with at least three actual or prospective primary challengers to Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in recent weeks, a reflection of Donald Trump’s strained relations with the senator and the latest sign of the president’s willingness to play hardball with lawmakers who cross him — even Republican incumbents. Flake, a longtime Trump critic who refused to endorse the president during the 2016 campaign, is one of a handful of undecided Republican votes on the Obamacare repeal effort.

>Caitlyn Jenner considering a bid for U.S. Senate in California

Seema Mehta, The Los Angeles Times 

Caitlyn Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist, reality show star and transgender activist, is weighing a run for the U.S. Senate representing California. “I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” Jenner said in a radio interview with New York’s AM 970 that aired Sunday, adding that she planned to make a decision within the next six months or so.


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Washington Brief: Cornyn Promises Eventual Vote on Senate’s Health Care Bill