Daines Met With President Monday
Montana Sen. Steve Daines was among a handful of Republicans who met with President Donald Trump Monday night, shortly before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was informed that Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas would vote “no,” handing the majority a devastating loss just hours after the Senate was gaveled back into session. McConnell officially does not have the votes to even begin debate on his legislation to overhaul the Affordable Care Act — former President Barack Obama’s legacy accomplishment– which Republicans voted to repeal over 50 times. In announcing their opposition to the bill, Moran and Lee said they would vote “no” on the motion to proceed — a vote that McConnell had hoped to hold this week but was already forced to postpone due to Arizona Sen. John McCain’s absence from Washington.