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News on The 700 Club: July 20, 2017

As seen on "The 700 Club," July 20: What did he say? Trump's stern health care lecture to Senate GOP; New evidence: Blood of tortured man found on Shroud of Turin, and more. Read Transcript


Hello.

And welcome to "The 700 Club."

For today's top headlines, let's go to the CBN news desk.

Gordon, President Trump doesn't

want the Senate to give up on its efforts on health care.

The president met with Republican senators

and urged them to get the job done.

Now it looks like they won't leave for summer recess

until they vote on another health care plan.

Gary Lane has the story.

GARY LANE: President Trump summoned Republican senators

to the White House for lunch.

But instead of being served just chicken or steak,

they received a stern presidential lecture

on commitment.

For seven years, you promised the American people

that you would repeal Obamacare.

People are hurting.

Inaction is not an option.

And frankly, I don't think we should leave town

unless we have a health insurance

plan, unless we can give our people great health care.

GARY LANE: Senate rejection of the most recent health care

proposal disappointed the president.

And with a growing number of GOP senators now saying they

won't vote for Obamacare repeal without a replacement,

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

is focusing in on new health care legislation.

The new bill up for consideration

is actually an old one, approved by the Senate in 2015,

repealing Obamacare.

It includes one major difference from the bill.

For a new health care system that the Senate just rejected,

senators will be able to offer changes.

Wide open for amendment-- no matter what I offer

as a substitute first, it's fully amendable.

GARY LANE: But senators must first

agree to let the new legislation come up for a vote.

And The Hill reports a bold move for the new health care bill--

$200 billion in funding to help states

pay for Medicaid expansion.

That might be enough to pick up several moderate Republican

votes.

But Senator Rand Paul says he'll oppose any bill that

provides more big government programs and insurance company

bailouts.

He'd like to see insurance buying

groups or co-ops established to reduce costs for consumers.

And he believes President Trump has the legal authority

to do it without Congress.

I think there's one enormous thing that President Trump can

do on his own, and that is to let anybody in the country

get out of the individual market, where the death

spiral is, and get into an associations

so they can get better pricing.

GARY LANE: McConnell says he expects

senators to vote next week to consider the new health care

bill.

We cannot keep the commitment we made to the American people

to repeal and replace Obamacare unless we get on the bill.

GARY LANE: And that means first letting the bill come up

for a vote on the floor of the Senate.

Any senator who votes against starting debate

is really telling America that you're fine with Obamacare.

But being fine with Obamacare isn't

an option for another reason--

because it's gone.

It's failed-- not going to be around.

GARY LANE: Gary Lane, CBN News.

Republicans and Democrats in Washington,

along with people across the country,

are offering their support for Arizona Republican Senator John

McCain.

The 80-year-old McCain has been diagnosed

with one of the most aggressive forms of brain

cancer, the same kind that killed Senator Ted Kennedy

and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe

Biden.

President Trump tweeted, "Melania and I

send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy,

and their entire family.

Get well soon."

And former President Barack Obama,

who defeated McCain in the 2008 presidential election,

tweeted, "John McCain is an American hero

and one of the bravest fighters I've ever known,"

Obama tweeted last night.

"Cancer doesn't know what it's up against.

Give it hell, John."

McCain's family and doctors are deliberating

their next treatment options, which will likely include

radiation and chemotherapy.

This weekend, President Trump will preside over

the commissioning of the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft

carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.

National security correspondent Erik Rosales

went aboard the ship and got a firsthand look at it, along

with the daughter of former President Ford, Susan Ford

Bales.

ERIK ROSALES: It's a ship like no other, the first

of its kind, the most technically advanced warship

ever built, and also the most expensive,

costing $12.9 billion.

This was the swearing in of him as president.

ERIK ROSALES: But for Susan Bales, the daughter

of the 38th President of the United States,

she says being on the ship feels like being

at home because throughout it, you can find tributes

to her father, Gerald R. Ford.

For instance, the flag that is behind you

all is the flag that sat on his side of the bed after he died.

That's where my mother kept it.

There are pieces of my dad everywhere.

And there is a reason we did that.

I mean, there's pictures of him in the gym, playing golf,

swimming, doing athletic things.

And the whole point of it is so that the sailors

can identify with him.

One of the items onboard is a tribute room

to Gerald R. Ford, which highlights the different stages

of his life, from when he was an Eagle

Scout as a young boy to his days playing football

to his early days as a Navy sailor

to his presidency of the United States.

Everything that hits home to a sailor touches at home with us

and know that he was one of us and that he

went through the same things that we're going to go through.

So he's a huge part of this ship.

And he lives in the bulkheads and in the walls.

ERIK ROSALES: As the ship gets ready,

critical components like the electromagnetic catapults

and the advance arresting gear responsible for allowing planes

to safely take off and land are still being tested.

With all new technology, there's risks.

And that's why we're here-- is to go out there and shake them

down and make sure it's working right.

You can see in here behind me, preparations are taking place

for Saturday's commissioning, a commissioning ceremony which

will be attended by President Donald Trump.

Thousands are expected to attend.

Erik Rosales, CBN News, Norfolk, Virginia.

A breakthrough discovery on the Shroud of Turin

could be evidence that it really is the burial

cloth of Jesus Christ.

Researchers from the Institute of Crystallography

said they found signs of blood from whoever could have

been wrapped in the shroud.

And a researcher at the Institute

says tiny particles on the linen fibers of the shroud recorded

a scenario of great suffering.

That's because of the types of substances found

in the blood on the cloth.

One expert says the new findings debunk the old claim

that someone simply painted an image on the shroud.

You can find out more about this story on cbnnews.com, including

how the researchers used new technology to investigate

the blood on the shroud.

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