Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. jumps the tracks of the Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to get around a large gathering of reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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When Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran decided they were ready to disrupt the GOP rewrite of the health care law, they chose President Donald Trump's favorite medium.Moran, a second-term lawmaker from Kansas who isn't known for making waves, and Lee, a two-term senator from Utah who has clashed with Trump, have been talking over the past 10 days about the health care legislation and agreed the GOP bill did not go far enough to repeal Obamacare or address rising health care costs.After talking again, Moran and Lee agreed Monday night on a statement drafted earlier in the day.Neither Lee nor Moran attended.Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spent the weekend calling lawmakers, including Lee and at least seven other GOP senators, according to the administration.Trump called Lee Saturday, and Lee told the president he was leaning against the bill, for the reasons he later made public.Lee and McConnell did not talk over the weekend, but Lee spoke twice to Cornyn, R-Texas, the majority whip.
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