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It Feels Like ‘A Broken Promise’: GOP Activists Warn Republicans To Get Act Together On Health Care

“If the Republican Party cannot show they can deliver on a basic campaign promise like Obamacare, I’m very concerned about the ability to keep the House and Senate next year,” said Noah Wall, the national director of campaigns at the conservative group FreedomWorks. Meanwhile, Republicans home on recess face concerned constituents.

McClatchy: Conservatives Dismayed At GOP Over Uncertain Obamacare Repeal
Frustration is mounting among Republican activists over the GOP’s continued failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, with grassroots groups now warning of consequences for lawmakers in the 2018 elections if the Senate doesn’t reach a deal soon.“ Activists, real grassroots people, are absolutely disappointed, and to some point I’d say devastated, over what we feel like is a broken promise,” said Donald Bryson, the state director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, an influential conservative group backed by the Koch brothers. (Glueck, 7/5)

CNN: Recess Not Helping McConnell Hunt For 50 Health Care Votes
There was a reason Mitch McConnell badly wanted a vote on the Senate health care bill before July 4. Senate Republicans are back in their home states for a weeklong break, and already, some of them have gotten an earful on the controversial GOP legislation to dismantle Obamacare. The message from their home-state constituents: Don't you dare vote for that bill. (Lee, 7/6)

The Hill: GOP Senator: Trump's Attacks On Media 'Not Helpful' To Senate
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Wednesday knocked President Trump's penchant for lashing out against the media, calling it a "distraction" from trying to implement the GOP agenda. "I just don't for the life of me understand why the president wants to engage in that kind of activity. It's a distraction. It distracts from the president's agenda," he said during a televised Q & A on Wednesday night. (Carney, 7/5)

Politico Pro: Health Care Influence: Senators Face Anger Over Health Care Back Home
Republican lawmakers supporting the legislation are getting an earful from angry constituents, while those who oppose the deal are getting cheered and thanked, according to reports from around the country. Liberal groups like Save My Care are using the GOP's unpopular health care bill to target Republican senators in their home states. (Ehley, 7/5)

Arizona Republic: 5 People Protesting Senate Health Bill Cited For Trespassing After Occupying Sen. Jeff Flake's Office
Five opponents of the Senate Republican health-care bill were cited for trespassing Wednesday evening when they refused to leave U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake's Phoenix office after occupying its conference room all day. A group of activists, many with physical disabilities, hours earlier took over Flake's conference room and office lobby, demanding that the Arizona Republican agree to vote against the controversial pending legislation. (Nowicki, 7/5)

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