Priebus: In Wake Of Repeal Failure, Time For Republicans ‘To Start Governing’

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March 26, 2017 10:45 a.m.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday that the Republican Party needs “to start governing,” amid the fallout of its failure to bring a viable bill to the House floor to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“At the end of the day, I believe that it’s time for the party to start governing,” Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”

He said that President Donald Trump is not “closing the door on” the possibility of making changes to health care policy.

“Everything’s on the table,” Priebus said. “We’ll give these guys another chance.”

Priebus said it “would be nice to get some Democrats on board” to negotiate over legislation on the subject, but warned against inflexibility.

“We can’t be chasing the perfect all the time. I mean, sometimes you have to take the good and put it in your pocket and take the win,” he said.

Priebus dismissed reports that Trump has blamed him for the bill’s failure as the work of “gossip hounds.”

“I’m not in any trouble,” he said. “I have a great relationship with the President. We talk all the time.”

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