“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried. Nor could I support it without knowing how much it will cost, how it will (affect) insurance premiums, and how many people will be helped or hurt by it. Without a full CBO score, which won’t be available by the end of the month, we won’t have reliable answers to any of those questions.”
—U.S. Sen. JOHN MCCAIN saying he would not support Republicans’ latest attempt to rush a health care bill through the Senate. His decision helped motivate GOP leaders to pull the bill.
“I’m pissed off. I’ll be honest with you. Because I supported Donald Trump.”
— Ex-Buffalo Bills coach REX RYAN denouncing Trump for lambasting NFL players as SOBs and suggesting their coaches should be fired for allowing them to take a knee during the national anthem to protest the treatment of blacks. Last year, Ryan introduced Trump at a campaign rally in Buffalo by saying, “One thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind.”
“The hypocrisy of this administration, who knew there was no real scandal, who knew that there was no basis for all their hyperventilating. … No, we’re finding with the latest revelations — they didn’t mean any of it. It’s just the height of hypocrisy. If it is something that if they were sincere about I think you’d have Republican members of Congress calling for an investigation. I haven’t heard that yet.”
— HILLARY CLINTON responding to The New York Times report that senior White House advisers used private email accounts, including Vice President Mike Pence, former strategist Steve Bannon, former chief of staff Reince Priebus, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Ivanka Trump. Supporters at Trump rallies continue to chant “lock her up” over Clinton’s use of a private email server.
“Despite its impressive achievements, our health care system often fails to deliver affordable, life-saving help to many of our citizens. Reforms are needed, but they should be carefully studied and not rushed through Congress without expert analysis and thorough debate on the inevitable trade-offs inherent in any reform. Above all, any policy and funding changes should be evaluated by how they treat the most vulnerable among us.”
— National Association of Evangelicals president LEITH ANDERSON in a statement opposing Republicans’ effort to rush a new health care bill through the Senate.
“After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive.”
— Facebook CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG in a post admitting that he was wrong to dismiss the possibility that fake news shared on the social network had an impact on last year’s presidential election.
“I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you threw our budget a little out of whack. But that’s fine.”
— DONALD TRUMP visiting Puerto Rico two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. The storm left 3.5 million people without power and many without water. At least 34 people have died. The president also piled praise on his administration for preventing “a real catastrophe” like Hurricane Katrina was in New Orleans.