While the GOP mulls delaying its August recess to deal with the handful of unfinished legislative agenda items, President Trump is now being pressed to make good on a campaign promise to hold Congress in Washington until they deliver an Obamacare repeal bill to his desk.
The Association of Mature American Citizens on Tuesday called on Trump to propose a special session of Congress to debate Obamacare should the Senate fail to move on it by the end of the month.
Agree with @JeffDeWitAZ. We must #CancelAugustRecess to work on our legislative priorities. No excuses for jobs undone or half-done. #AZ05 https://t.co/xslOlBf9PQ— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) July 11, 2017
The seniors group said that during the campaign, Trump pledged to invoke Article II of the Constitution to organize a special session of Congress in order to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"The time is now to follow through on the pledge. Simply, if Congress hasn't repealed the previous administration's legislation and finished its job, it shouldn't go home for recess," said the group.
SEN. CRUZ: It's crazy to go an August recess without having Obamacare repealed. We should work every day until it is done! (via #Hannity) pic.twitter.com/wNQuEU5Oxy— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) July 11, 2017
AMAC chief Dan Weber said in a statement, "The GOP-led Congress has not delivered on its No. 1 campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. Why should Congress be allowed to take a month break after failing to pass a health care bill? President Trump needs to take a page out of President Truman's playbook and propose a special session of the ‘Do-Nothing' 115th Congress so legislators will feel the pressure to reach a compromise and pass the much-needed health care bill."
Key senators said this week that they are shooting for a vote by August 1.
Congress has slated five weeks off.
However, a handful of GOP House and Senate members led by the Freedom Caucus and outspoken members like Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs are pushing for a delay or cancellation in order to free up time to act on Obamacare, the budget and the looming debt ceiling crisis. And today, several more senators joined that call.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org