Republicans on the offensive as Trump, Pence seek more leverage

By John McCormickCNNPress Staff WriterOn Monday, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump took the first step toward the House and Senate to advance their ambitious agenda to repeal and replace Obamacare.

But a second attempt to reach agreement failed, leaving Republicans in a bind, with many saying they can’t trust the administration to advance legislation on their own without support from Democrats.

“There’s no way they can get the votes from the Democratic base to pass a bill,” Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) told CNN.

“They’ve been working hard for the last year.

I think they know they’re going to need Democratic votes, but I don’t know if they can actually pull that off.”

Pence is set to make a major speech Tuesday to the Republican National Committee, where he will be expected to say the GOP will work with Democrats to pass their own replacement plan.

The vice president will also be asked to lead the effort to bring together the Republican-led House, Senate and White House, the sources told CNN on Monday.

In an interview on Fox News, Reichelt said the House Republican leadership will be “working in the Senate” as the House is “not going to be able to do its job” without Democrats, even if they’re willing to accept more funding for the government.

ReicheLTREMENTARY TALKS TO HOUSE HEALTH COMMITTEEOn Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s healthcare overhaul proposal, chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

The hearing will examine whether the GOP-led Congress has the authority to take steps to advance a health care bill, which would create a federally run healthcare system that could replace the Affordable Care Act.

House Democrats, who have already said they will oppose any bill that would not provide a guarantee of coverage for millions of Americans, will be pressed to support a bill that provides a similar guarantee.

Democrats have been urging House Republicans to advance the House bill, known as AHCA, as soon as possible, while also pushing for the White House to commit to a full repeal of Obamacare.

Democrats, who control the House of Representatives, will also hold hearings on Tuesday to discuss a bipartisan effort to repeal the Affordable Act.

The two-day hearing, titled The Healthcare Security Reconciliation Act (HRSRA), will examine how Congress can advance the AHCA through both chambers of Congress, and to address the possibility of a bipartisan repeal.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D) said the hearing is “important to get the full story out” on the AHC, adding that “the White House should take responsibility” for the failure to move the bill forward.

“I think it’s critical that the White.

House take responsibility,” Van Hollens said.

Republicans, including Vice President Pence, are already trying to convince the White Senate to give their health care legislation the green light.

On Monday, Pence said in a statement that the Senate should give the bill its final vote, and that if the House passes it, it will be sent to the president’s desk “in the next few days.”

Trump and House Speaker Ryan said they plan to hold a vote on the House GOP’s healthcare legislation in the coming days.