5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • CBO: Senate health bill would leave 22 million more uninsured by 2026

  • Sen. Susan Collins says she'll vote to block Republican health-care bill

  • White House: Syrian government preparing chemical weapons attack

  • Trump campaign adviser Carter Page had 'extensive discussions' with the FBI

  • Supreme Court to hear Trump's travel ban case in October

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on Monday released its cost estimate of Senate Republicans' health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The CBO score revealed that by next year, 15 million additional people would be uninsured under the plan, as opposed to under ObamaCare, the current law. By 2026, 22 million more people would be uninsured. The CBO had predicted 23 million more individuals would be uninsured by 2026 under the House GOP's health-care bill; the BCRA is the Senate's version of the House measure, which passed early last month. The CBO also estimated that the BCRA would reduce the federal deficit over the next decade by $321 billion — $202 billion more in savings than the estimate for the House bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing for a vote on the BCRA this week.

Source: NBC News, The New York Times

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) tweeted Monday evening that she will vote no on a motion to proceed the Senate health-care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Collins made the announcement a few hours after the Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary analysis of the Senate Republicans' health-care proposal, which estimates that in 10 years, if the plan passes, 22 million more people would be uninsured than if the Affordable Care Act remained the law. "I want to work with my GOP and Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA," she tweeted. "CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp," meaning motion to proceed. "CBO says 22 million people lose insurance," she continued. "Medicaid cuts hurt most vulnerable Americans; access to health care in rural areas threatened. Senate bill doesn't fix ACA problems for rural Maine. Our hospitals are already struggling. 1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid."

Source: Twitter

The White House press secretary's office released a blunt statement Monday night about Syria, claiming that the United States has "identified potential preparations for another chemical attack by the [Bashar al-] Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children." The White House says it saw activities "similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017, chemical weapons attack." The U.S. is in Syria to "eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria," the statement continued. "If, however Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price."

Source: CBS Evening News

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, was questioned by FBI agents five times in March regarding his contacts with Russians and communications with the Trump campaign, several people with knowledge of the investigation told The Washington Post. When asked about claims that he acted as a middleman between the campaign and Russian officials, Page denied any wrongdoing, a person familiar with the case said. Page told the Post he had "extensive discussions" with FBI agents in March, but would not say if he has had any follow-up meetings. He did reveal that he met with the agents without an attorney, and said he wasn't concerned about not having a representative with him because he told the truth.

Source: The Washington Post

The Supreme Court handed down the final opinions of its nine-month term Monday, with a 5-4 decision on the death penalty case Davila v. Davis, a 5-4 decision on the securities case California Public Employees' Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., and a 7-2 decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer. The court also agreed to review President Trump's travel ban in October, but in the meantime lifted certain parts of the injunction against it, allowing the ban as written to be enforced except against individuals with a "bona fide relationship" with the U.S. The court will additionally review Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, judging whether a bakery had a constitutional right to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Source: SCOTUSblog, BuzzFeed News
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