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Breaking Fox News: Pence demands Congress ‘do their job’ after health bill collapse

Vice President Pence demanded Congress “step up” and “do their job” by taking action to replace ObamaCare after the collapse of Republicans’ latest health care bill, stepping up pressure on his former congressional colleagues to deliver on a campaign promise.



Vice President Pence demanded Congress “step up” and “do their job” by taking action to replace ObamaCare after the collapse of Republicans’ latest health care bill, stepping up pressure on his former congressional colleagues to deliver on a campaign promise.

 The vice president has maintained ties on Capitol Hill, where he once served as a House member, but made clear Tuesday morning that the administration’s patience is wearing thin.

 “Inaction is not an option. Congress needs to step up. Congress needs to do their job and Congress needs to do their job now,” he said, during an address to a National Retail Federation summit in Washington. 

 He spoke as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was moving forward on a last-resort bid to scrap ObamaCare, pushing to repeal the 2010 health law now and replace it later. Pence said Tuesday that he and President Trump “fully support” that plan. 

He said the Senate should either go that route, or return to the legislation already on the table. “ObamaCare has failed, and ObamaCare must go,” he said. 

 McConnell, R-Ky., is trying to press ahead after several GOP senators said late Monday they would not support the bill he unveiled last week -- after his first plan also failed to attract enough support to even get a vote. McConnell says the Senate will “in the coming days” revive a 2015 measure -- passed by the Republican-led Congress but vetoed by then-President Barack Obama -- to repeal ObamaCare with a two-year delay. 

He said such an effort will “provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system that gives Americans access to quality, affordable care.” 

 Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, McConnell said: “I regret the effort to repeal and immediately replace will not be successful, but that doesn’t mean we should give up. …

 [T]his does not have to be the end of the story.” Pence and Trump appear united in their push to pressure Congress into action. In a tweet Tuesday morning, the president blamed Democrats and some Republicans for the latest collapse, while vowing to press ahead.

 "We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!" he said.

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