5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump: If GOP health-care bill is rejected, ObamaCare will stay

  • Revised CBO score on GOP health bill shows same coverage, 'smaller savings'

  • Canada's largest school board cancels U.S. trips over travel ban

  • Democrats to filibuster Neil Gorsuch

  • British police name London attacker, ISIS claims responsibility

Hours after Thursday's scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act was postponed, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said President Trump is demanding a vote on Friday. Mulvaney also said that should the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fail, Trump is ready to move forward and leave ObamaCare in place. In order for the plan to pass, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) can only lose 22 votes on the floor, and more than two dozen members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, as well as some moderate Republicans, have already said they will vote no.

Source: Politico

The Congressional Budget Office on Thursday released a revised report on the American Health Care Act, the Republican proposal to replace ObamaCare, indicating changes made to the bill would result in "smaller savings" without improving coverage. The CBO's new estimate considers revisions made to the GOP health bill since the original report issued two weeks ago, though it does not account for Wednesday night's concession to the conservative House Freedom Caucus to eliminate essential health benefits. The CBO's original report estimated the American Health Care Act would leave 52 million uninsured by 2026, compared to just 28 million under ObamaCare. Thursday's report leaves that number unchanged, but says the revised bill would reduce the federal deficit by $150 billion, a decrease from the initially projected $337 billion in savings.

Source: Congressional Budget Office, CNN

The Toronto District School Board, the largest in Canada, announced Thursday it has made the "difficult decision" to indefinitely cancel all future trips to the United States, due to President Trump's temporarily blocked travel bans that keep people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. "It's about inclusion, equity, and fairness," school board spokesman Ryan Bird told BuzzFeed News. "We don't want some of our students stopped and not being let in at the border for no legitimate reason." The board serves 245,000 kids at 584 schools, and every year, students takes dozens of trips to performances, sporting events, and conferences all over the United States. Bird said 25 planned trips will move forward, but should one of the 900 students participating be detained at the border, they "will turn back."

Source: BuzzFeed News

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Thursday that he will vote no on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and encourage his fellow Democrats to filibuster. "[Gorsuch] will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation. My vote will be 'no' and I urge my colleagues to do the same," Schumer said, adding that Gorsuch is "not a neutral legal mind but someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology." Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.) — who is politically vulnerable, facing re-election next year in a state President Trump won — has agreed to vote against Gorsuch as well. Senate hearings on Gorsuch's nomination concluded Thursday, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is eyeing an April 3 vote to confirm Gorsuch.

Source: The Washington Post, The Week

London police on Thursday named 52-year-old Khalid Masood as the man responsible for the deadly attacks Wednesday on the Westminster Bridge and outside Parliament. Masood was British-born and known to authorities, but he was not the subject of any active investigations. The Islamic State claimed credit for the attack Thursday morning, calling Masood a "soldier of the Islamic State." Britain's Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley also announced Thursday that seven people had been arrested in overnight raids in London and Birmingham in connection with the attack. Four people, including Masood, were killed when Masood ran over civilians on the bridge in an SUV, scaled the fence around Parliament, and fatally stabbed a police officer. A fifth person died of his injuries Thursday evening.

Source: BBC, The Guardian
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