President Trump says it “doesn’t matter” to him if Congress votes on a healthcare overhaul next week when lawmakers return to Washington.
Trump’s Friday comments come one day after he set an ambitious goal by expressing optimism that members of Congress could move on healthcare and prevent a government shutdown next week.
“Doesn’t matter if it’s next week. Next week, doesn’t matter,” Trump said of a possible vote on a healthcare proposal.
“It’ll happen, you’ll see what happens,” he told reporters outside the Treasury Department. “No particular rush. But we’ll see what happens. Healthcare is coming along well.”
The comments could temper expectations for action on healthcare during a week in which Congress will be consumed by trying to broker a deal to keep he government running.
Lawmakers must pass a funding bill by April 28 to prevent a shutdown, but no deal has emerged thus far. Congress could decide to pass a short-term spending measure to buy more time for negotiations.
Given the complexity of the negotiations, Trump’s comments Thursday about healthcare raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill.
“I want to get both, are you shocked to hear that,” Trump said at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when asked about healthcare and averting a shutdown.
Trump appears hungry to secure a major legislative victory ahead of his 100th day in office next Saturday, even though he’s denied caring about the milestone.
“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” he tweeted Friday.