It appears the 52-member Senate Republican conference does not have the 50 votes it needs to vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill.
The U.S. Senate will not vote on a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare this week, according to CNN reporter Dana Bash.
Bash tweeted the news at 2:01pm on Tuesday, as GOP senators wrapped up an all-conference lunch:
Gop Sources :@SenateMajLdr and gop senators agreeing inside lunch now NOT to vote on Graham Cassidy. It's officially dead.
— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) September 26, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy health care bill has become the GOP’s last chance to repeal Obamacare under budget reconciliation rules, which allow the GOP to pass bills with only 50 votes, as opposed to 60. Those rules expire, for now, on Saturday, September 30.
It appears the effort by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and GOP leaders to pump federal dollars into the states of key GOP holdouts was a failure. Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) remained opposed, leaving the GOP at least two votes short.
Republicans are expected to turn next to tax reform. President Trump will give a speech on the issue in Indiana on Wednesday.
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