Trump has blamed Congress for the health care law’s collapse, but congressional Republicans are still reeling from the loss of a major piece of their party’s agenda.
The president on Friday morning tweeted that the government’s failure to meet its obligations on the health law meant “that our country is on the verge of collapse.”
The tweet comes as GOP lawmakers are grappling with the fallout from the collapse of the Senate health care bill, which was the Senate’s last major legislative achievement before the Nov. 6 elections.
House Republicans are pushing back on the president’s suggestion, arguing that the legislation they crafted would have saved billions in federal spending.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday blamed House Speaker Paul Ryan and other GOP leaders for the failure to pass a health care reform bill that would have expanded health insurance coverage for millions of Americans.
In a statement, McConnell said Republicans were “disappointed and disappointed” that House Republicans had not moved to repeal the ACA by this weekend, when they were supposed to be on a two-week deadline to do so.
“Unfortunately, Speaker Ryan and his caucus refused to work with us on a comprehensive, bipartisan replacement to the Affordable Care Act,” McConnell said.
“Instead, they are determined to pursue a partisan agenda that will undermine our ability to deliver on our promises to Americans.”
Republicans are trying to push a bill that could garner enough votes to pass, but Trump’s comments have also been met with concern from Republicans.
“What he is saying is, ‘If I didn’t do it, it would’ve been a disaster,'” Rep. Jim Jordan, a conservative Republican from Ohio, told The Hill.
“It’s very disturbing that he is trying to blame the party that was elected to do what he wants to do.
This is not a party that has ever stood up to him.”
In his latest tweet, Trump also accused the president of using the government shutdown as an excuse to not do anything.
“I had the best of intentions to do everything I could to get this done, but I couldn’t do a darn thing,” Trump tweeted.
Trump’s latest tweet came after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said they would not move forward with legislation to extend the deadline to get a government funding bill passed.
The two leaders said they wanted to take a more conservative approach to the ACA than their Republican counterparts, who are now pushing for a longer-term fix.
Democrats are also facing pressure to support the bill, as they are under pressure to pass any replacement for the ACA.
Trump is also weighing a veto of a bipartisan bill from Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden, who has proposed a short-term delay of the government funding deadline, and the Senate passed a bill earlier this week that would keep the government open for four more weeks.
“We’re still working through what the timing of that would be, and it’s not going to be easy,” Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
“The Senate bill will be a more significant piece of legislation.
I think it will be substantially more than the Senate bill, but we’re not there yet.”
The House bill would not extend the shutdown and would be more stringent in its requirements for states to provide coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.
The Senate bill would allow states to waive that requirement, but that could prove more difficult as Republicans have not yet said whether they will support the legislation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, has already indicated that she wants to wait until after Thanksgiving before moving forward with a government shutdown.
“Let’s just be realistic about what the deadline is and what it’s going to take to get the bill done,” she told reporters Friday.
“There is not going