Senate Republicans have postponed their plans to vote on repealing Obamacare till after the Fourth of July recess, after encountering strong resistance from moderate and conservative Republicans to even debate on the bill.
The plan is for the Republicans to rewrite the health bill over the Fourth of July recess and get new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office before bringing legislation to the floor. The goal is to have come to an agreement on Friday and vote immediately after the break, according to reports.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Legislation of this complexity almost always takes longer than anyone would hope, but we’re pressing on.” The majority leader explained the delay saying several members had asked for more time to go over the legislation a few more times.
He also added that the input of President Trump would play a larger role in the discussions, he said Trump’s involvement was “very important” to securing the final commitments to push the bill through the Senate.
Five Senate Republicans on Tuesday had said they were not ready to vote on the bill without alterations, the bill cannot afford to lose more than two votes. One of the swing votes on the bill, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), said not voting on the procedural motion Tuesday “is good because I don’t think we’re ready to proceed today. This person is not ready to proceed today.”
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