By the time the House votes on the Republican health care bill next week, the president’s signature legislative achievement will be history.
The GOP plan would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with what many Republicans consider the best possible plan in the nation.
“This is a great day for our country,” Trump said in his first State of the Union address since taking office on Jan. 20.
“The Congress of the United States is back to work again.”
He continued: “We’re finally here.
We’re finally back to the job we started in January.”
The White House said Tuesday that the president had signed the measure into law in his final days in office.
“Now, with that, I can officially sign the GOP health care legislation into law,” he said.
In the first days of the Trump presidency, the healthcare law’s fate is uncertain.
The Republican plan would dramatically reshape the nation’s health care system and put the brakes on the nations recovery from the catastrophic wildfires in Southern California and the devastating storm in Northeast and West Virginia.
The bill would also leave millions of Americans without coverage, including millions of those with pre-existing conditions.
The House passed the legislation, but the Senate is still considering the legislation.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the House will vote on the bill before Thanksgiving.
Ryan said he is confident the bill will pass both chambers, but said Republicans will be able to hold the line on the Democratic proposal to allow insurers to sell individual policies that do not meet minimum coverage requirements.
“We have not had this much chaos in this country since World War II,” Ryan said.
“Our job now is to do the best we can with the limited resources we have.”
While Republicans in Congress have been in a state of flux since the end of the Obama administration, Trump was able to push the legislation through on his first day in office, even though his first month in office was marked by major legislative setbacks.
Ryan had initially opposed the plan and has since become a vocal critic of the bill.
The Senate voted on the legislation in late October, after Republicans failed to garner enough votes to pass the legislation on a party-line vote in the Senate.
That left Democrats with no choice but to try to bring the bill to a vote in both chambers.
On Tuesday, Democratic leaders said they are optimistic that the bill can be passed in both houses.
“It’s time for us to take the next step and pass this bill, and we’ll get it done,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
“In the coming weeks, we will continue to work to make sure this bill is passed and the president has a successful legislative victory.”
The bill now heads to the House, where Democrats are expected to have a better chance of passing the legislation and passing it in the House.
“They’re going to have to take it through both houses of Congress,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of the Republicans.
“That’s where they’re going.
That’s where the pressure is.”
Republicans hold the power to override a Democratic filibuster, which would prevent the legislation from going through the Senate if the minority party can’t muster enough support to block the measure from going to the president.
In a statement, Ryan said Republicans are “working closely with the President to get this legislation through the House.”
Ryan said in an interview with The New York Times that the legislation will provide “a great relief package” for the country.
“When we get to the Senate, we’re going there to pass this legislation and then we’re also going to do everything possible to get it passed by the end for the President’s signature,” he added.
“I think the President has made it very clear that he intends to sign this bill and the Republicans are going to support this bill.”
The House is scheduled to vote on its version of the healthcare bill on Wednesday, and the Senate will take up the bill on Thursday.
In an interview, Schumer said the GOP plan will “send a very clear message to the world that this is what we’re fighting for and we’re not going to let the American people down.”