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News on The 700 Club: July 17, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," July 17: Health care setback: Senate vote delayed after McCain's surgery; Jay Sekulow defends Trump Jr. on Russia as president tweets #FakeNews, and more. Read Transcript


Welcome to this edition of "The 700 Club."

I've got a theory.

I have a theory--

that I'm going to ask our guest about--

about what the Russians may be doing,

and what may be the effect, and what's

happening in our country.

But it's agonizing.

The Republicans just can't get their act together.

There was an editorial today that they're not team players.

I cannot believe it.

They've just got to get a vote on this Obamacare,

but they won't do it.

But the longer they wait, the people

say, oh, we hate this new Senate bill.

They don't know what's in it.

Nobody knows what's in the other one.

You remember Nancy Pelosi saying we've

got to pass it so we can find out what's in the bill?

Well, there's some bad stuff in it--

in the old one.

But the Senate is not moving.

The House voted and the Senate won't move.

No vote this week because a key vote--

they can only-- heck, they can't lose one or two votes.

Senator McCain had-- it looks like some subdural hematoma

in his brain, above his eye.

And we don't know how serious--

it could be extremely serious or not as serious.

But he's having surgery, and he obviously can't come vote

until he recovers from this.

So they're holding off on that vote

until he gets better because they need every single vote

to take this thing over the finish line.

Terry?

Well the plan that they're trying to pass

has been facing questions from some Republicans,

especially from many moderate senators.

Jenna Browder brings us the story from Washington.

JENNA BROWDER: It's a major setback for the Senate's health

care reform bill.

We'll continue working so we can bring legislation

to the floor for debate, and ultimately, a vote.

JENNA BROWDER: The vote scheduled

for this week delayed because of a missing

key Republican senator.

Senator John McCain is recovering in Arizona

after surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

announced over the weekend lawmakers

will put off consideration of the Republican plan, called

the Better Care Act.

McCain's absence comes as President Trump's

weekly address pledged progress.

We are very, very close to ending this health care

nightmare.

JENNA BROWDER: With two Republican senators opposed,

McConnell needs at least 50 yes votes to pass it.

Does Senate Majority Leader McConnell

have the votes to pass this revised bill?

You know, I don't think right now he does.

JENNA BROWDER: Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky

says the bill, which keeps taxes on investments

and other pieces of Obamacare, doesn't go far enough.

Moderate Senator Susan Collins of Maine

is also withholding her support, because it

would slow the rate of growth in spending on Medicaid.

This bill would make sweeping and deep cuts

in the Medicaid program, which has

been a safety net program on the books for more than 50 years.

JENNA BROWDER: McCain and eight others

have expressed doubts about the bill, and if they vote no,

it fails.

With the vote now tabled, there there's

even more pressure on lawmakers to deliver

on something many of them have promised for years--

repealing and replacing Obamacare, which they warn

is collapsing.

And some say if this bill doesn't work,

they'll have to come up with a different plan.

Reporting in Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.

They say they've got about $200 billion in a so-called

slush fund available before they exceed the caps on this

particular bill.

So they can pay off Lisa Murkowski from Alaska--

give a nice slug of money to Alaskans.

Then are they going to try to give some to a few other states

so that they can get some more people on board?

Maybe there's something more for Nevada.

And that's the way the deals are done.

But he's got a little pot of money

that he can use to entice some of the senators to say yes.

But the truth is that they've been saying, we hate this,

we hate this, and that Obamacare has been horrible.

And the premiums are going up, and the deductibles

are going up, and the private insurance companies are

opting out of the exchanges.

It's an absolute disaster.

And how the American people say, well, we

prefer Obamacare to this other-- they

don't know what the other is.

And it's just not been sold properly,

because it has to be--

that thing is just terrible.

It has to be replaced.

And the Republicans have got to come together.

If they don't pass this bill, and if they don't do tax cuts,

and if they don't do a budget, they're out.

They will no longer have control.

They've got control of the entire government.

They've got the House, they've get the Senate,

and they have the White House.

And if they can't get together and govern this country,

then the American people are going

to turn them out of office.

And that will be a sad day for our country.

But that's going to happen unless those people get

together and get a vote.

And I'm sure they're paying off this one and saying, well,

your state needs a little bit of infrastructure.

We'll put a road through, or we'll

give you a bridge over here, or we'll make some more--

but when it's all said and done folks,

all these people are talking about is borrowed money.

They're taking money away from your children

and your grandchildren, and they're spending it.

And they talk about, oh, we've got

to look after these poor people and these other people.

Well, somebody's got to pay the bill.

And who's going to pay the bill?

Well, the taxpayers and the wage earners

are going to have to pay for those

that aren't earning money.

Medicaid is a freebie.

Medicare, you have to pay for.

Medicare is free.

And to expand that-- and then they've

got another tax in that bill, a surtax that was put on they're

going to leave in place.

But hey, they can fix it later on down the road.

But they've got to do something now.

Well, while Americans wait to find out

what the Senate is about to do on Obamacare,

Washington remains caught up in the ongoing investigation

into Russia.

Well, I'm going to talk to Bill Gertz about that.

I've got a theory, but we'll see if he buys it.

He might not.

See what John Jessup has had to say.

JOHN JESSUP: Well, Pat, some Democrats

are saying that Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting

with a Russian lawyer last year is clear evidence the Trump

campaign wanted to collude with the Russians

during the election.

But President Trump's legal team says that meeting

didn't break any laws.

ADAM SCHIFF: Here you have now evidence in black and white

that, yes, the campaign was encouraging

the Russians to give them dirt.

Donald Trump Jr. himself said things should

have been done differently.

Having said that again, none of that is violation of the law.

That's more process.

Congressional investigators want

to interview Trump Jr. about the meeting,

and special counsel Robert Mueller's team

is likely to investigate it as well.

An American doctor is in London to examine little Charlie Gard.

His parents are fighting in the British courts

to send their 11-month-old baby boy to the US

where the doctor can use a potentially life saving

experimental treatment.

I talked to one family who says that doctor already

helped to save the life of their child.

[MUSIC - "THE FARMER IN THE DELL"]

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the farmer in the dell.

JOHN JESSUP: Like any six-year-old,

Arturito loves to play with toys and watch videos,

simple activities doctors once thought he'd never enjoy.

[INAUDIBLE]

JOHN JESSUP: Arturito was born happy and healthy.

But shortly after his first birthday,

his parents noticed something was wrong.

We had no idea of the storm that was heading our way.

JOHN JESSUP: He started sweating a lot,

it took him longer to eat, and he couldn't hold his head up

straight.

After three months of sleepless nights,

they finally had an answer.

Arturito had a rare genetic disorder

called TK2 mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome, which

destroys the body's muscles and often leads

to respiratory failure.

Doctors told his parents there's no cure,

and that he'd be dead within two months.

[INAUDIBLE] doctor, thank you, because if it wasn't for you,

we wouldn't know what was wrong with our son.

But I could guarantee you that we're not

taking our baby home to die.

Good to see you.

Are you the big star today?

JOHN JESSUP: Through experimental treatment,

Arturito has defied the odds.

He can't walk or talk, and requires round-the-clock care.

Still, his parents believe the progress he's made

is worth every heartache they've endured.

None of that matters.

What matters is that our son is alive, he's happy,

and he's the joy of our lives.

JOHN JESSUP: While the Estopinans

say their heart and joy is right here in Baltimore

with their little son Arturito, their thoughts and prayers

are more than 3,500 miles away in London, England,

where the life and fate of little Charlie Gard

is in question.

I still can't get my head around why we're not

allowed to take our boy for treatment that he

so desperately needs.

But let me tell you that if there

was a plan that my son can be saved, and anyone--

I don't care if it was a judge, I

don't care if it was a doctor, I don't

care if it was an attorney--

if they were blocking my child from being saved,

heaven and earth and everything in between will be moved.

JOHN JESSUP: Art and his wife Olga

have been reaching out to Charlie's parents,

offering prayers and advice, and even

put him in touch with Arturito's doctor, who's

meeting with Charlie's medical specialists

this week in London to discuss possible treatment.

Art is grateful for the support for Charlie's family,

and especially credits the President for weighing in.

ART: So, he was supposed to be extubated on a Monday,

and President Trump tweeted on Sunday.

And then everything changed.

So, President Trump saved Charlie Gard's life.

JOHN JESSUP: Art says with the continued treatment

of experimental gene therapy, he believes

his son will eventually be cured,

and wants the same opportunity for Charlie and his family.

ART: My son is getting stronger.

He's a happy and determined little guy.

When I look at him, I feel like I

have won the lotto, that I am the luckiest dad around,

because we thought that he was leaving us.

Well, in other news, Jamie Dimon,

the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, the nation's largest bank,

made it clear he thinks Washington

is a big part of the problem with America's economy.

In a conference call with reporters and Wall Street

analysts, Dimon said other countries understand

good policies to promote business growth better

than the US, which he called one of the most

bureaucratic, confusing, and litigious societies on earth.

He said the high corporate tax rate

has been driving American money out of the United States.

But he added, it can be improved--

or the economy can improve--

if the Trump administration cuts business taxes, reforms

regulations, and infrastructure.

He also said cutting taxes isn't just something

good for corporations.

He said it helps American businesses grow,

which is important for jobs and higher wages.

Pat, I suspect you agree.

Well, I agree totally.

Jamie Dimon is an incredible leader

of a very successful bank.

But more than that, he's got his eye

on what's going on in the country.

I think all of us are a little disgusted with what's there.

What is it?

Well, the Democrats don't want to do anything.

They want to block everything that Trump wants to do.

So, they are the party of opposition to everything.

They aren't bringing forth one single positive initiative

for America.

Everything is beat Trump.

That's all they want to do, is embarrass Trump.

So they won't give him a victory, but at the same time,

they're stifling America.

And the progressives do not want to give us lower taxes.

They do not want to take away regulations.

They think regulation is good.

They want an abundance of bureaucrats

instead of taking away this bureaucratic morass.

And the cost to American industry

is in the hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars.

And it's like trying to run a race

with an iron girdle on, or things on your feet

so you can't move.

And it's just-- it's Gulliver and the Lilliputians.

The little guy-- the Lilliputians--

are trying to hold Gulliver down.

This huge strength of the American economy can't move.

We've only been having about a 1% GDP growth, when

we could be having 3% or 4%.

But these bureaucrats and this left

will not allow it to happen.

Well, it's time we break through.

We've got a President and Congress,

and it's time they get together and make it happen.

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