tv Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer CNN March 14, 2017 2:00pm-3:01pm PDT
after that damning cbo report, tune in at 4:00 eastern time. i turn you over to wolf blitzer. he is as always in "the situation room." >> happening now. proud of the bill, the white house declares the president is proud of the obamacare replacement plan, even as objections to it grow. tonight, questions about whether the white house is trying to pass the buck if it fails as the top senate republican hints the bill may have to be changed. extremely confident, the white house says president trump is extremely confident that evidence will be found to vindicate his claim that he was wiretapped by president obama. but the justice department wants more time to come up with that evidence for congressional investigators. still waiting, members of the intelligence committee say they are still waiting for that evidence and are now talking about expanding their
investigation into russia's campaign meddling. will an informal trump campaign advisor get called to testify? and snowed in, millions buried under 2 feet of snow, thousands of schools closed, thousands of flights canceled. we'll travel these snarled for days to come. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's been a stormy couple of days for president trump and that's a sign from the snow blanketing washington and the northeast. the gop plan to replace obamacare is slipping and sliding and threatening to run off the road after the nonpartisan congressional budget office said it will leave 24 million more americans without health insurance a decade from now. the plan, pushed by the president is expected to save more than $300 billion in that time, but democrats are now calling it reverse robin hood, saying it will rob the poor and
benefit the wealthy. and republicans are worried. one senator saying it's not what president trump promised or what republicans ran on. the white house says president trump is extremely confident his wiretapping claims will be proven, but so far the administration has offered no evidence to back his charge that he was wiretapped by president obama. the justice department has asked the house intelligence committee for more time to find something and has been given another week. and tens of millions of americans are affected by a major winter storm that's bringing snow and ice from washington to new england. 15 million people are still under blizzard warnings. some areas have up to 2 feet of snow. more than 8,000 flights have been canceled. high winds are contributing to power outages. i'll speak with republican congressman sean did yuffy. analysts and guests are standing by with full coverage of today's top stories. deeply split over their party's obamacare replacement
plan, republicans are now showing anxiety after the grim assessment of the bill by the congressional budget office. let's begin with our senior congressional reporter manu raju. he is up on capitol hill. manu, what's the mood up there? >> reporter: well, wolf, tonight the tension is rising as moderates and conservatives are balking at that house republican plan. now, this comes as house and senate republican leaders are still pushing very hard for the plan saying that that nonpartisan and now over to the health care bill does not fully account for the full scope of the republican health care plans. but the question tonight, wolf, is can that convince skeptical republicans. >> the american health care act. >> reporter: the republican promised to repeal obamacare. now at risk of collapsing. the party had already been badly divided over the house gop leadership's plan to replace the law. and now new alarm after the nonpartisan congressional budget office offered a brutal assessment of the republican legislation.
14 million more people uninsured by next year. and 24 million by 2026. >> simple answer, of course i'm concerned. the 14 million people are losing insurance, i'm concerned. that's not what president trump promised, okay. that's not what republicans ran on. >> reporter: while the cbo projects the bill would reduce the deficit by $337 billion, it would do so only after cutting medicaid by nearly $900 billion. that has unnerved some republicans from states that expanded medicaid to provide coverage to low-income americans. how concerned are you about the medicaid cuts, 880 billion over ten years? >> i'd like to wait and see what the house comes up with with their process. but obviously with a state like mine that had medicaid expansion, we have deep concerns. >> reporter: the tension is palpable within the gop. senator lisa markowski bristled
with questions whether she can support it. can you support it at this moment? >> could you give me a minute to get to my constituents, please? >> yes or no, do you support the house health care bill? >> would you please be respectful? >> i am being respectful. >> i have been in for two hours. come on. >> reporter: senate gop leaders downplay the cbo analysis and said the bill would be a dramatic improvement from obamacare, but said senators would likely change the house bill. >> do you believe that this bill needs significant changes in order to be salvaged in the senate? >> i mean, it will be open to amendment in the senate like all reconciliation bills are. we're anxious to get past the status quo. >> reporter: in the house speaker paul ryan says the cbo report won't change his plans to push forward on votes in the chamber this month. >> i'm excited about this analysis. >> reporter: but just as he aligns himself with the president, newly released audio could reopen some old wounds. from a private october
conference call where ryan all but abandoned trump in the aftermath of that leaked tape where trump boasts about groping women. >> i am not going to defend donald trump, not now, not in the future. look, you guys know i have real concerns of our nominee. >> reporter: now, wolf, ryan officials and white house officials downplay that released audio saying that it's ancient history, but interestingly released by the conservative news outlet breitbart which of course has ties to the white house and of course was run by the former trump advisor steve bannon, adding a layer of intrigue as conservatives try to derail paul ryan's health care bill. but, wolf, paul ryan speaking with the president earlier today by phone, the effort to try to unite their party as their party has been badly divided over this bill going forward. wolf? >> a layer of intrigue indeed. manu, thank you very, very much. between the health care plan and the wiretapping charge, president trump is juggling a couple of very hot potatoes this week. let's go to our senior white
house correspondent jim accosta. jim, the president certainly has his hands full right now. >> reporter: that's right, would have. the white house is shying away from providing answers on two burning issues for this administration. health care and the president's unfounded claim that he was wiretapped by former president obama. but calls are mounting from both parties to the president to start addressing these questions. >> cbo score, mr. president, reaction? >> reporter: it is a rare moment when president trump passes up on a chance to speak his mind. but that's what he did when asked about the nonpartisan congressional budget office analysis of the republican proposal replace obamacare. >> this is the health care act. the president is proud of it. >> reporter: the white house is pushing back on the cbo score of the gop health care plan that found 14 million more americans would be uninsured by next year, 24 million by the year 2026. as one top gop source put it, the headlines are terrible. >> cbo coverage estimates are consistently wrong. >> reporter: but the white house did concede scores of americans, perhaps millions, will be
without health insurance if they are no longer mandated to buy it under obamacare. >> would you concede that there will be some coverage losses, perhaps in the millions, that there will be millions of people who will not have health insurance as a result of what you're doing? >> well, again, sure, except you have to look at the current situation. >> reporter: press secretary sean spicer tried to explain how the republican plan satisfies the president's promise to cover every american. >> the president is okay with millions of people who won't have health coverage? >> right now they're not getting that. and by giving them more choices at a lower cost, more americans can either buy health care for their family or themselves, or in a lot of cases for their business without paying the penalty. the system now is not working. the costs are going up. the choices are going down. and deductibles are going up. that is not an option. >> reporter: democrats insist that's not acceptable. >> i see all this hoek us poke us language they talk about. well, you're not going to be
able -- we're worried about costs. but then they don't seem like they're that much worried about coverage. and, so, what i'm saying to them is that the american people need coverage. >> reporter: the white house is also on defense over the president's baseless claim that he was wiretapped by former president obama. the house intelligence committee is now giving the administration until march 20th to produce evidence to back the president's charge. warning the panel may resort to a compulsory process which could mean a subpoena. spicer indicated the justice department will turn over something. >> possible or maybe nothing? >> no, that's not -- i think there is at least from where we stand -- >> something will be presented? >> i feel very confident of that. >> reporter: democrats are demanding proof or an apology. >> we will call upon the president to recant and to apologize to former president obama. you do not make those kinds of allegations, criminal allegations against a former
president. >> reporter: even republicans are ready to see what evidence the white house has. >> if i was the president, i would clear this up because it serves as a major distraction, frankly, for some of the big issues he wants to accomplish and we want to accomplish with him. >> reporter: the white house is predicting the president will be v vindicated after making the claim former president obama wiretapped him. the white house is not committing one way or the other to whether the president will make some kind of statement when the administration presents what it considers to be evidence to support the wiretapping claims to congress. that, like so much that we're dealing with over here, wolf, is a to be continued situation over here, wolf. we're still waiting for that evidence, just about every day, wolf. >> let's see if there is that evidence. we'll be waiting together with you. thanks very much, jim accosta. let's discuss all of this and more. republican congressman sean duffy of wisconsin is joining us, member of the financial services committee. congressman, thanks for joining us. >> it's good to be with you, would have. >> do you support this obamacare replacement bill that the
congressional budget office has now estimated would lead to 24 million americans to lose their health insurance by the year 2026? >> first, wolf, i think we have to recognize obamacare is in a death spiral. on average costs are going up 25% -- >> let's get to obamacare in a moment. congressman, it's a simple question. do you -- hold on a moment. do you support concurrent legislation that the speaker has put forward? then we can move on. >> concurrent to obamacare, i'll vote for obamacare absolutely. wolf, i'm going to the point you said about the 24 million people who are off coverage. i do think you have to look at how many people have lost coverage like in arizona where costs are going up by 116%, my neighboring minnesota they're going to increase by 50%. i look at the 24 million people that cbo says will lose coverage and i think we have to look at what is cbo good at?
cbo is good at scoring legislation and its impact on a budget. but they're not good at looking at how legislation will impact consumers. they actually told us that the exchanges in obamacare would bring 22 million people into the exchanges when actually it was only 10 million people. i look at this being phase one, but if tom price gets to phase two and we have another piece of legislation that gets us to phase three, we will have choice and competition, reduced prices so people can pick health care that works for them and their family. >> we can get to phase two and phase three in a moment. you're criticizing the congressional budget office, the nonpartisan congressional budget office led now by a republican, put in there by then congressman tom price, now the secretary of health and human services. this is what you said about the congressional budget office as a very good source of information back in 2011. >> let's be clear with the american people. let's be honest with the american people that if we don't reform medicare, the cbo says it's going broke in nine years.
we have to fix it. >> you cited the cbo congressional budget office then. you said it was critically important to accept their assessment. why not now? >> well, i'm consistent with what i just told you. they're good at assessing the cost of programs as it relates to our budget. they don't do a good job of assessing programs and how it relates to people actually getting coverage. in here, i don't think they can look at what phase 2 looks like and phase 3 looks like, like health care reform which means they don't know what's going to happen with competition, reduced prices and increased access for the american consumer. and, so, no, i don't think they can do that. well, and they have a history, especially with obamacare of getting that wrong. >> but you haven't even outlined phase 2 or phase 3 as a result. how can they offer any assessment? >> no, i agree with you, wolf, they can't offer an assessment. but so if they look at phase one, i'm telling your viewers
that's not the end of the analysis. phase two with dr. tom price driving markets through a lot of the ability he has by regulation and then in favor -- >> i just want to be precise. i want to be precise because a lot of viewers don't know what phase two is or phase three. phase two would give the secretary of health and human resources an opportunity to change regulations put in place by the obama administration. we don't know what those changes would be. we don't know if the courts would say those changes are okay. >> right. >> phase three would require the senate to vote for major changes. it would require also votes in the senate. they have a 52-48 majority. you would need at least eight democrats if all the republicans held firmly to support phase 3. it doesn't look right now like phase three is going anywhere. >> i would disagree. i think in phase three we do have some pretty good things like competition across state
lines, more competition between insurance companies, doctors and hospitals we think will reduce prices. we get reform in there, democrats oftentimes sell out to the litigation lobby. they may not be there for that. but also allowing the association -- if you're a member of the realtors association, you can partner with other realtors across the country, getting buy-in power and negotiate that insurance. we do think democrats and a lot of these things will buy in, wolf. >> let's say there are problems, judicial problems, legal problems with the regulations as far as phase two is concerned, and phase three never gets passed in the united states senate. then you would accept the congressional budget office assessment -- >> no. >> -- that 24 million americans would be without health insurance in ten years? >> i wouldn't, wolf. again, it brings me back to the point under obamacare, their assessment was wrong as well. they thought you'd have 22 million people in the exchanges and you only had ten. this is not their expertise. this is not what they're good at. they're good at looking at what does legislation have as an
impact on the budget. not what free markets do to drive down costs and what will consumers do to get into the health care market. that is not their expertise. that's why i'm giving you push back on that. wolf, you have to look at this. let me give you one other point. you're talking about 22 to 24 million people. there's 350 people in america and you've seen 70% of americans get their insurance from their employer. and instead of getting a raise, their employers had to put their money into premium increases because of obamacare, health kara cross the spectrum is skyrocketing. americans don't get raise because of health insurance premiums and obamacare going through the roofer. if we can fix this, not only do we deal with that 24 million people you're talking about, but we give 70% of americans who are getting their job in the private sector a raise again because they don't have to go to premium -- this is a big deal, not just for the poor, but for everybody. >> it's a huge deal right now and the key words, if you can
fix it. right now you would need a 216 vote majority in the house. there are a few vacancies. normally it's 218. but you need 216 right now to pass phase one, this legislation that you clearly support, although you'd like to see some changes. i spoke earlier in the day with a key member of the house of freedom caucus, congressman tom garrett of virginia. he said he couldn't support this bill in its current form. a lot of his colleagues say they can't support it. are you sure you have those 216 votes? because no democrats are going to support it and you're going to lose a whole bunch much republicans. >> we might lose a few, but i think if you look at what's happened with modern media, we have 24-hour cable news shows and a lot of information on the internet. and, so, this is the traditional sausage making that happens in legislation. i think, you know, the freedom caucus and others want some changes to the bill. i think you're seeing donald trump just starting to engage, i think he's going to kentucky next week as well. if you start to look at an
option of i can have the paul ryan plan with some tweaks to it, or i could do nothing and keep obamacare, i think you're going to see a lot of republican members join forces and get a product done that fixes health care because the status quo is absolutely unacceptable. and i would again say if democrats want to keep obamacare, where are they with some kind of plan to fix obamacare? they haven't come up with any plans to make obamacare work. i would love to hear them, but they have none. barack obama, nancy pelosi, or mitch -- not mitch, harry reid in the senate, they haven't provided us any details on how you fix this stuff. we have some work to do to get there. >> chuck schumer now, not harry reid. >> thank you. >> let me take a quick break. we're going to resume this. there are other developments happening right now. the white house says they are very confident the president will be vindicated in this accusation that president obama ordered a wiretap, an illegal
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juror congressman, you probably heard the white house press secretary sean spicer say today he believes that the administration, the president will be completely vindicated when their wiretapping claims, the evidence that they have are released. all that evidence he said president trump is extremely confident the administration
will be able to provide that evidence. here is the question. if they're so confident about that evidence, what stopped them now the last ten days to release that evidence publicly so all of us can move on? >> it's i good question, wolf. i don't have a good answer for you there. i think they should provide the evidence and information as quickly as possible. to wait another week i think just prolongs the story. let's get about the business of america and making america great again and as long as we're talking about wiretapping and especially without evidence, i think it is a complete distraction. but if i could say this, though, wolf, there could be evidence there. i haven't seen anything to say that there would be. but we've heard dennis kucinich, a former congressman when he was a high ranking democrat had his phone lines tapped when he was talking to a libyan leader. we know general flynn had his phones tapped. the irs has been weaponized going after conservatives. but i have seen no information, and this is a far stretch if a
presidential candidate having his phones tapped during the campaign or transition, that is serious and the allegations should be met with evidence from the white house. >> just to clarify, former congressman dennis kucinich, he was a congressman from ohio, a democrat, what was going on, he was meeting with the son of mu mar qadafi, still in control of libya, an enemy of the united states. he was meeting with his son and clearly the u.s. intelligence community had an interest in monitoring what the son was doing. that's why there was a wiretap of that conversation. they weren't wiretapping dennis kucinich. they were wiretapping the son. do you have a problem with that? >> well, my concern is that you're still wiretapping a high-ranking democrat congressman by the secret intelligence community in the u.s. what's more egregious, though, wolf, they released the transcript of that call.
when we use this information -- i support our intelligence community gathering information to keep us safe. but they have to be very cautious when they're gathering information on a u.s. congressman and then releasing the contents of that information, or with general flynn. that's where i have some pause. i want them to have all the tools, but if they don't be careful on this stuff, they're going to see the american people and those in congress push back on them and take away some of their abilities which in the end doesn't keep america safe. it makes us more at risk to terrorists and evil people around the world. >> you make a fair point that when americans, when their voices are picked up as part of a surveillance, wiretap by the u.s. intelligence community, or the fbi, someone who is a target, whether qadafi's son, or the russian ambassador to the united states, if they are monitoring his phone calls, you have to be careful how the information regarding the american citizen is released if it should be released or should be protected. that's a separate issue.
i assume you don't have any problems with the fbi or the u.s. intelligence community monitoring phone conversations involving high-ranking russian officials or libyan officials for that matter. >> yeah, no, no, that's within their space. but when they then tap into a senator or congressman or an appointee of the next administration, that information is released, i do have a problem with that. we are off topic. i would agree with you, wolf, i i do want this issue clarified and i think it is incumbent on donald trump and his team to provide the necessary evidence showing that he was tapped, when and how and who do it. and i think they should be held to account if that evidence is provided. and if not, i think president trump is going to have to walk back those comments and might hit an issue of credibility for him. >> by the way, as far as our former congressman dennis kucinich, this is the point he has been making about why all of a sudden his voice was picked up in that phone -- in that conversation with qadafi's son.
there hz been no comment from the u.s. government as far as i know. but we'll leave it on that note. congressman sean duffy of wisconsin, always good to have you here in the situation room. thanks very much. >> thanks, wolf. >> coming up, an update on the winter storm affecting tens of millions of people in the northeast and turning travel into a nightmare. how long will it take for things to return to normal? see me. see me. don't stare at me. see me. see me. see me to know that psoriasis is just something that i have. i'm not contagious. see me to know that... ...i won't stop until i find what works. discover cosentyx, a different kind of medicine for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. proven to help the majority of people find clear or almost clear skin. 8 out of 10 people saw 75% skin clearance at 3 months. while the majority saw 90% clearance.
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president remains fully behind the republicans health care reform bill. the white house spokesman sean spicer telling reporters the president is proud of the bill and he criticized the new prediction it will result in 24 million fewer people with insurance over the next decade. let's bring in our experts. and gloria, i'll start with you. the white house down playing the cbo report saying the congressional budget office reports about obamacare were consistently wrong, they say, but they're not doing a lot to sell the plan publicly, especially after these brutal cbo numbers. is this the beginning of the white house trying to distance itself from the bill? >> well, it's hard to say at this point, wolf. i think what they're looking for is a win, and what sean spicer was out there doing was trying to paint lipstick on a bpig, as they say, and trying to say, look, the cbo isn't always right. and when he was asked, do you believe in universal health
care, as the president has once said, he said, yes, we believe in choice and a plan. and that's not quite what the president has said. and, so, you have paul ryan who believes the people ought to have access to health care, but don't have to buy it. it shouldn't be mandated. you shouldn't be forced into buying health care. versus donald trump who has said, everybody should just have health care. and, so, there is an idea logical difference here. they're trying to pay for it not only between the white house and paul ryan, but also among all factions of republicans, conservative republicans, moderate republicans, paul ryan republicans and donald trump republicans. and that isn't going to be easy for them to do, and that's why you're going to see the president starting to go out there and sell it and also start to negotiate with both the house, and if possible, with the senate. >> jeff zeleny, the president is
doing a campaign rally tomorrow in tennessee organized and paid for, by the way, by his political campaign. but that's his only big event in the past few weeks. here's the question. why aren't we seeing the president all over television, all over-the-road selling this bill the way president obama sold obamacare back in 2009? >> wolf, it is a central question here. and i'm not sure we have a good answer for that. there is nothing like a president's bully pulpit that can drive a point home or can explain something. and this president simply for the last two weeks or so, at least the last nine or ten days, has been held up inside the white house. he has not been talking about health care very much with the exception of some small meetings and some small private settings. and he's not then actually making this case publicly. i'm told he will do that tomorrow at this campaign-style rally in nashville. but it is entirely different than trying to convince people. and you almost get the sense
that his heart isn't entirely in this. we have seen, you know, exactly what he can do in terms of selling something, the soaring enthusiastic supporters surrounding him and, you know, he's just been sort of isolated. but interestingly, this is a rally for his supporters. this is not necessarily trying to win other people over. the question here, though, can he convince some of these conservative house republicans who come from trump districts to vote for this plan. i think he can actually, that's why i think it's far too early to say this deal is dead in the house. but that's the real challenge here, the trump supporters, will they side with him in the end or their own member of congress, wolf. >> yeah, sean spicer today wouldn't even call it trumpcare. dana bash, the white house and the senate suggested there would be amendments to improve this legislation, but our phil mattingly up on capitol hill is reporting the speaker is not backing down, isn't planning to change the bill.
so, where does all this leave the relationship right now between the white house and paul ryan? >> i think the answer to that depends on whether or not the president can get a win of any kind. the problem is it's sort of the chicken or egg argument in that if you talk to leaders in the house and other backers of this bill that paul ryan put forward and the white house backed, they are convinced that this can get through with exactly what jeff was just talking about, with presidential leadership, trump as the salesman because they say, you know, he can sell like nobody else can. but that he hasn't done it to the point where he really is putting the screws on and the pressure on. all of those house republicans who come from trump districts. and the question i'm hearing from sources on capitol hill, those who again support this bill is why, why isn't he doing this? because the longer he waits, the
more calcified the opposition gets. never mind from democrats, i guess, at this point, never mind from conservative republicans, but growing number of moderate republicans. the congresswoman from south florida from the miami area, she just announced she is not going to support this in the house because she doesn't want to support something she thinks could hurt her constituents. but when it comes to the process, she doesn't want to support something that probably won't pass in the senate. so, time is ticking and this is -- once you have a plan out there, history shows that you have to sell it immediately because if that doesn't happen, then the opponents have far too much time to poke holes in it. >> quick reminder, dana, you and i will be co-hosting an important, very important, very timely cnn town hall with dr. tom price. he's the secretary of health and human services. that's tomorrow night, 9:00 p.m. eastern, right here on cnn.
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>> i don't. i don't have any belief in that. i think quite the opposite. look, let's take a number of pieces of this, wolf. number one, the current president of the united states accused his predecessor on twitter of violating federal law. if that weren't enough, and i don't believe that for a moment, you'd have to have a huge conspiracy in the white house to do that. not a single white house person has spoken about this in a washington that leaks every day. you'd also have to have an ironclad fbi that never spoke about an illegal operation up in new york city at trump tower. and a department of justice that ov oversees the fbi that would legalize that operation. if you want to tell me about a conspiracy of the fbi in the white house in a wash that leaks every day that held this story tight while the president made this accusation for two weeks, no way. one quick second, would have. we're going to get pay bait and switch on this. what's going to happen in the report is we're going to find the american intelligence services were collecting the russians. when the russians were on the phone, an american called in and
that american was picked up on the communication and at the end of the day, the white house will bait and switch us. they'll claim that that collection of americans on a russian phone is an indication that those americans were wiretapped and, wolf, that's nonsense. >> we heard something along those lines from congressman sean duffy trying to explain that. dana, spicer, sean spicer also saying that when president trump tweeted about being wiretapped by president, he was referring more broadly to surveillance. everything the president says needs to be left open to that kind of interpretation? >> i hope not, but certainly it sounds like in this case that is what his spokesman is saying. much like his former campaign manager corey liew endowski the president shouldn't be taken literally. he's the president of the united states. when he uses a word and a term like wiretapping which is very specific and has legal ramifications, particularly when
he's talking about an accusation of his predecessor, we have to take him literally and seriously and we have to take the words that he uses at face value because if we can't do that, then that leaves open so many other questions about how this country is run. so, if he didn't mean that, then he shouldn't use the word wiretapping. >> all right, guys. i want everybody to stand by because there's more news coming into "the situation room." a major snowstorm heads into new england after snarling travel to and from some of the country's biggest cities. stay with us. we'll have a live it up date. the latest forecast right after this. ths. the valiant taste of death, but once!! uh, excuse me, waiter. i ordered the soup... of course, ma'am. my apologies. c'mon, caesar. let's go. caesar on a caesar salad? surprising. excuse me, pardon me. what's not surprising?
tens of millions of people will feeling the brunt of a late winter storm now hammering the northeast. thousands of schools are been closed. thousands of flights have been canceled. our brian todd has been on the road all day. right in the middle of the storm in northern new jersey right now. brian, what's it like out there? >> reporter: still very cold and windy, wolf. the storm reeving its remnants in new jersey. we learned moments ago, wolf, of a third weather-related death from this storm, 16-year-old girl in new hampshire dying in a vehicle-related incident there. here in new jersey, neighboring pennsylvania, roads are still closed like this one. a lot of treacherous conditions on the highways and restrictions on the highways. we're told by state police that on and off ramps like this one still very, very dangerous. as this storm continues to leave its mark on the east coast. whiteout conditions. leading to dangerous scenes like this on i-95, a driver loses
control, spins out and ends up in the median. tens of millions of people affected by the massive storm as it slams into the major metropolitan areas of the mid-atlantic and northeast. blizzard conditions with heavy snowfall and bitter cold. causing thousands of canceled flights and shuttered schools throughout the region. the brunt of the storm bearing down on new england and upstate new york where 2 feet of snow is expected. 2,000 national guard troops have been activated to help with relief efforts. governors across the region have declared states of emergency and enacted travel beganans. >> i want to make clear we're not out of the woods. winds are going to increase and be concerned about the cycle of freeze and thaw. we need to be careful. blowing snow could make driving hazardo hazardous. if you don't have to travel, don't travel. >> reporter: despite this
warning, some motorists are hitting the roads and causing problems for snow removal teams. what's the toughest part toeday? >> traffic. in the way. don't stay behind us and let us do our job. >> reporter: the same storm system took its toll in the upper midwest causing this 20-car pileup in chicago. and in nearby pennsylvania, not far from where we are, lot of restrictions still on the highways. officials there have limited the speed limit to 45 miles an hour on 11 different interstates in pennsylvania, they're restricting trailers and buses from going on some highways. still, a lot of treacherous conditions here, wolf, as nightfall approaches and some of these roads, temperatures dropping, some of the roads are going to freezeevening. wolf? >> be careful out there. brian, thanks very much. let's turn to meteorologist jennifer gray at the cnn weather center. >> brian made a good point, a lot f these areas turn from snow to rain, that is going to freeze overnight, be a slushy mess throughout the overnight hours and especially in tomorrow
morning's commute. be extra careful. it's starting to wind down across many of the major cities. boston seeing that changeover from snow to rain. look at all of this white. upstate new york, all the way to northern maine, still getting hammered with snow and we still have a couple of hours to go. so this is going to last on into the evening hours. mostly rain now for boston. a little bit of an icy mix just to the north and west. look at some of these snowfall totals. hartford, connecticut, about a foot of snow. philadelphia, 8 inches. central park, right around 7 inches. but just about four, five miles outside of the city, reports of about 13 inches of snow and so it only took a couple miles west for you to get into those really, really high snowfall totals. d.c., just under 3 inches. and same story there. if you go to the west, look at this, damascus, pennsylvania, 30 inches of snow. around new york, almost 30 inches and so on. like i mentioned, additional
snowfall expected. we could see an additional foot of snow across northern areas in northern new england throughout tonight into tomorrow morning. boston, only expected to get a little bit more because like we mentioned, that is still changing over. even though the snow is winding down, we are still dealing with windy, windy conditions. 26 mile per hour winds in new york city right now. 35 mile per hour winds in boston. and as this continues to make its exit, we'll still get the snowfall across the northern tier throughout the overnight hours. starting to wind down by tomorrow morning, wolf. of course, those airlines will be playing catchup for much of tomorrow and maybe even into the next day. and road travel will be treacherous for the next couple of days as well. >> all right. just be careful out there. jennifer, thank you. coming up, the white house declares the president is proud of the obamacare replacement bill even as republican lawmakers voice their doubts. y . i did active duty 11 years. and two in the reserves.
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