The Week Ahead: House votes on health care, Gorsuch hearings begin, Comey testifies

FBI Director James Comey waits for the start of a meeting with Attorney General Jeff Session and the heads of federal law enforcement components at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Donald Trump is facing his biggest and most critical week since becoming president.

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the Republican health care bill, hearings for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch begin, and FBI director James Comey testifies before a House committee.

Comey is set to testify publicly Monday on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. He will appear before the House Intelligence Committee’s first open hearing.

Lawmakers will want answers on whether President Trump’s allegations that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower are true. Despite intelligence leaders saying there is no evidence, Trump stands by his claim.

Also this week, a big vote on health care reform. Back-and-forth deals on the Republican health care plan are expected to wrap up.

As the House gears up to vote on the bill to repeal and replace Obamacare on Thursday - after the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office projected that older people could pay higher premiums under the bill - House Speaker Paul Ryan says they are working on ways to fix that problem.

"We know the secretary of HHS will help bring market freedom and regulatory relief to the insurance markets to dramatically lower the prices of the plan for the 50- to 60-years-olds," Ryan said on "Fox News Sunday."

But the plan is still facing strong opposition from conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus and some in the Senate.

"I don’t believe (it will pass)," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on ABC's "This Week." "Enough Conservatives do not want Obamacare lite."

And on the Senate side, Gorsuch will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation hearings that will span four days.

Democrats will try to block the nomination.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles "Chuck" Grassley, R-Iowa, believes that Gorsuch could be in place at the Supreme Court as early as mid-April.

There are 52 Republican senators and 60 votes are needed to confirm Gorsuch. The Senate might use the "nuclear option," which would only require a simple majority to confirm the nominee.

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