WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the effort in Congress to pass the Republican health care bill (all times local):
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is mocking House Republicans for failing to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health law.
Pelosi says of President Donald Trump and the majority Republicans in Congress: “Quite frankly I thought they might have accomplished something in the first few months. They have absolutely no record of accomplishment.”
At the White House, Trump blamed Democrats for the defeat of the bill. He noted that no Democrat supported the bill.
Pelosi says, “We’ll take credit for that.”
Speaker Paul Ryan says the collapse of the House Republican health care bill means former President Barack Obama’s health care law will be around for the foreseeable future.
The Wisconsin Republican addressed reporters minutes after GOP leaders abruptly shelved the legislation, averted likely defeat for the bill. But it still dealt a damaging setback to President Donald Trump, Ryan and an entire party that has long said it wants to annul Obama’s statute.
Ryan says pulling the bill was “a setback, no two ways about it.”
The speaker is chiding Republicans who refused to back the legislation for being too inflexible. He says lawmakers must be “willing to give a little to get something done.”
Many conservative and moderate Republicans opposed the legislation.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)