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News on The 700 Club: June 26, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," June 26: Clock ticking down on health care overhaul: Can GOP seal the deal?, President Trump breaks with tradition, skips annual Ramadan dinner, and more. Read Transcript


Well, welcome to "The 700 Club."

Senate Republicans have an ambitious agenda.

They are hoping to pass their health care

plan before they go on recess next week for the 4th of July.

It's going to be a tough battle.

Not all of the Republicans are on board yet,

and Democrats are promising a fight.

CBN's Jenna Browder has the story from Washington.

JENNA BROWDER: The battle over health care

is down to the wire.

Because Obamacare is a direct attack on the middle class.

JENNA BROWDER: This week, the White House

is hoping to close a deal on the Senate's plan to repeal

and replace Obamacare.

I don't think they're that far off.

I don't think they're that far off.

You know, famous last words, right?

But I think we're going to get there.

Not a single Democrat supports the bill,

and not all Republicans are on board either.

Five have said they'll vote no, and five more

have expressed concerns.

Senator Rand Paul says the bill doesn't go far enough.

There's no way the Republican bill brings down premiums.

Look, I've been in medicine 20 years.

I'm 54 years old.

Premiums have never gone down.

They're not going to go down after the Republican bill.

JENNA BROWDER: Others, like Senator Susan Collins,

say they worry it would hurt people with chronic illnesses.

But I'm also very concerned about the Medicaid

cuts, what it means to our most vulnerable citizens.

JENNA BROWDER: A concern the White House is trying to calm.

These are not cuts to Medicaid, George.

This slows the rate for the future.

And it allows governors more flexibility

with Medicaid dollars because they're

closest to the people in need.

JENNA BROWDER: Another concern for some of the holdouts

is rushing this bill through too quickly.

Many of them say they need more time to look it over.

And some say they'll support it if changes are made.

And while most of the focus is on Capitol Hill,

the Supreme Court also wraps up session this week.

The justices are expected to issue a decision

on whether to allow the Trump administration to enforce

a 90-day ban on visitors from six terror-prone countries

after lower courts shot down the ban earlier this year.

The Supreme Court could lift the lower court orders

and let the travel ban finally go into effect.

Or it could decide to leave the lower court orders in effect,

not take the case at all, and that's essentially

the death of the travel ban.

JENNA BROWDER: The court could also shelve a decision

until next term.

The other big high court news involves Justice Anthony

Kennedy.

Speculation is swirling that he could announce his retirement.

Kennedy is the court's swing vote.

And if he does retire, it would allow conservatives

to take firm control.

We'd love to have some Democrat support.

JENNA BROWDER: For now, though, the main goal

of the president and Senate Republicans

is passing a health care bill--

Health care is a very, very tough thing to get.

But I think we're going to get it.

We don't have too much of a choice

because the alternative is the dead carcass of Obamacare.

That's what it is.

JENNA BROWDER: --a move which would clear the way

for cutting taxes as part of the GOP plan

to get the economy moving again.

In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

Well, it's not news that Democrats and Republicans

are fighting.

I don't see that they're going to pass this this week

and get it through before the July 4 recess.

But at some point in time, a bill

will pass because it has to pass.

Obamacare is failing.

Insurance companies are pulling out of the exchanges,

and there needs to be a replacement.

In other news, President Trump is emphasizing this week

that the United States is becoming

a world power in energy.

John Jessup has that story from our CBN News

bureau in Washington.

John.

Thanks, Gordon.

The president will talk about how

America used to rely on other countries for energy sources

like oil.

But now the United States is about to start exporting energy

supplies, including oil as well as coal and gas,

to the rest of the world.

Bloomberg reports the president will give a speech

at the Energy Department Thursday

focused mainly on US exports.

And he's expected to talk about America's wide range of energy

sources.

We use electric.

We use wind.

We use solar.

Coal is something we have a tremendous advantage of.

The president has also begun cutting back regulations

that have hindered developing energy supplies

or that have made them more expensive.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants select cities

to kick off a new nationwide crime-fighting initiative.

Those cities would get federal resources

to go directly after gangs and other criminals,

including taking on the deadly opioid epidemic hitting

communities across America.

National security correspondent Erik Rosales

breaks down the plan.

ERIK ROSALES: At a national gathering

of law-enforcement officials, Attorney General Jeff Sessions

spelled out his plan to turn back the troubling increase

in violent crime.

To carry out the president's executive order,

in February we established our task force

on crime reduction and public safety,

which includes experts across our great Department

of Justice.

The task force is listening to ideas from partners like you

all across this country.

And it is developing a complete strategy

to tackle these issues, including

proposals for legislation.

The attorney general announced a new initiative

to combat crime and bolster public safety

by providing federal resources to help out

12 cities strategize on the best ways to fight crime.

I expect them to prioritize violent crime cases,

identify the most violent people in their jurisdictions,

and work with their state and local counterparts

to take them off the streets.

To support their efforts, we will

hire 300 more assistant United States attorneys

who will serve on the front lines in your districts.

ERIK ROSALES: This national public safety partnership

will start in 12 cities and eventually expand.

They include Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama;

Buffalo, New York; Cincinnati, Ohio; Houston, Texas;

Indianapolis, Indiana; Jackson, Tennessee;

Kansas City, Missouri; Lansing, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee;

Springfield, Illinois; and Toledo, Ohio.

The attorney general says federal and local law

enforcement will work side by side,

with a concentration on gun crime, drug

trafficking, and gang violence.

Special emphasis will focus on the opioid epidemic,

in particular fentanyl, which can

cause breathing issues and even death in the smallest amounts

and can be purchased over the internet.

You can get a small envelope of fentanyl

that can give out literally thousands of doses,

so coming from China.

And then the heroin is coming from Mexico,

coming across the border.

And the purity is low.

As I say, price is high.

I think that dynamic is going to change.

I think, you know, we haven't seen this epidemic peak yet.

ERIK ROSALES: Law enforcement say

that they must act soon because as the epidemic reaches

its peak, many more people will lose their lives.

Eric Rosales, CBN News, Washington.

Thanks, Erik.

For the first time in two decades,

the White House will skip the annual Ramadan dinner

celebration.

It started during President Clinton's administration

and continued through President Obama's two terms.

Instead of hosting the dinner, President Trump

gave his best wishes to the Muslim community

in a statement, saying, "Muslims in the United States

join those around the world during the holy month

of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity."

Ramadan is considered Islam's holy month, marked by prayer

and fasting.

The dinner is the break from that fast.

Well, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

was reportedly unhappy with last week's meeting

with White House adviser Jared Kushner.

The meeting involved possible peace talks

between the Palestinians and Israelis.

The London-based Arabic newspaper "Al-Hayat"

reports Abbas was upset because Kushner wanted him to condemn

a terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

Kushner, who is President Trump's son-in-law,

also reportedly raised the issue of stopping payments

to terrorists and their families.

One senior Palestinian official told the Israeli newspaper

"Haaretz" that the US team sounded more like an adviser

to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

Netanyahu than a fair arbiter.

Gordon, back to you.

Well, I think this is refreshing,

to hear this coming out of the administration

that they're going to hold the Palestinian Authority

responsible for promoting terrorism.

And that is wonderful news.

As Americans, we need to understand

just how evil this is.

They celebrate terrorism.

They name streets in their cities after terrorists.

They name city squares in Ramallah

after a famous terrorist, the refrigerator bomber.

He has a whole square dedicated to him.

The soccer teams in the Palestinian Authority

compete for prizes that are named after a terrorist.

It's a culture that is promoting and inciting

violence against Israel.

They have no intention of creating a viable state

to live alongside Israel.

Their intention, as it's been all along,

going back to the 1920s, is to throw all the Jews out

of Palestine, drive Israel into the sea.

And it's about time we woke up to that reality.

And I, for one, want to see the United States stop

the pay for slay program where our tax

dollars are going to support the families of these terrorists.

That has to be number one on the agenda.

If we want to see peace in the Middle East,

we have to stop the incitement.

And we definitely have to stop the economic advantage

that these families enjoy when they go off

and then commit terror attacks within Israel.

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