Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes – The Hill

Tom MarkLast Update : Tuesday 27 June 2017 - 1:20 AM
Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes – The Hill

Three GOP senators are warning they will vote against taking up the current version of a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare, imperiling leadership’s push to pass the legislation before the July Fourth recess. 

“On the current bill I’m not voting to get on it unless it changes before we get to it,” Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulNew CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Trump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters on Monday.

Asked if that meant he would vote “no” on the initial motion to proceed, the Kentucky Republican said “absolutely” and argued that leadership doesn’t currently have the votes it needs.

ADVERTISEMENT

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsNew CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Is Senate ObamaCare repeal bill too mean? MORE (R-Maine) also announced on Monday that she would vote against the legislation on its initial hurdle. 

“I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it. I will vote no on [motion to proceed],” Collins said on Twitter on Monday evening.

Collins’s and Paul’s comments come after Sen. Dean HellerDean HellerNew CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Is Senate ObamaCare repeal bill too mean? MORE (R-Nev.) warned late last week that he could vote against taking up the bill unless changes are made.

“If this is the bill, if this is the language on that procedural motion on Tuesday, I won’t be voting for it,” he told reporters in Nevada. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellLobbying fight erupts over coal country bill New CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes MORE (R-Ky.) will need at least 50 Republicans to back taking up the House-passed health care bill, which is being used as a vehicle for the upper chamber’s proposal.

McConnell could make changes to the bill before the initial procedural vote, but any move to appease either his conservative or moderate block could threaten the support of the other.

The Kentucky Republican stressed earlier Monday that senators should “keep working so that we can move forward with robust floor debate and an open amendment process here on the Senate floor.”

The vote could come as soon as Tuesday, or potentially Wednesday. If each of the three senators vote no, they will have the ability to block any legislation.

Other senators are also warning leadership against taking up the legislation as currently written. 

Sen. Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonNew CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Trump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill MORE (R-Wis.) warned separately that it would be a “mistake” to try to move to the bill on Tuesday, as he and other conservative senators try to get additional changes made.

“Don’t set yourself up for failure,” he told reporters on Monday evening.

Johnson and Paul, as well as GOP Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzThree GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Trump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill A bipartisan consensus against ‘big pharma’ is growing in Congress MORE (Texas) and Mike LeeMike LeeNew CBO analysis imperils GOP ObamaCare repeal Three GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Trump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill MORE (Utah), announced last week that they could not support the bill in its current form.

Conn Carroll, a spokesman for Lee, stopped short Monday of saying whether the libertarian-leaning senator would vote against proceeding to the healthcare bill, but said there needed to be changes.  

“There would have to be changes in the base bill for us to vote for a motion to proceed,” he said.

Cruz sidestepped questions from reporters about how he would vote on the initial hurdle, but argued that senators needed to do more in the legislation to lower premiums.

GOP leadership has a narrow path for getting a healthcare bill through the Senate. They can only afford to lose two GOP senators and still rely on Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceThree GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Gingrich: Trump will be reelected, then Pence will win in 2024 Funeral for the filibuster: GOP will likely lay Senate tool to rest MORE break a tie.

Paul signaled on Monday that in addition to the five GOP senators who are currently opposed to the legislation, he believed there were other conservatives with concerns.

“I think there’s probably a few more that are uncertain,” he said. “[But] so far I’ve gotten not one call from Senate leadership.”

Conservatives want McConnell to move the bill further to the right, with Paul telling reporters that the proposal needed to be “narrow” and include more repeal of ObamaCare’s policies.

But that could draw pushback from moderate senators who are already signaling deep concerns about the Senate legislation.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told reporters on Monday that he hadn’t thought about how he would vote on the initial procedural hurdle, but said senators need answers to their concerns about the legislation before things go too far.

“You know proceeding is a critical question, and so you like to have questions answered before you proceed,” he told reporters.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiThree GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote GOP senator defends funding Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Alaska), also considered a key swing vote, told CNN on Monday that she didn’t have enough information yet about the Senate proposal to make a decision.

“I don’t have enough data … to be able to vote in the affirmative. I’m trying to get the information,” she said.

The new threat to the Senate legislation comes after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, released earlier Monday, found that the Senate legislation would result in an additional 22 million individuals becoming uninsured by 2026.

The analysis also found that lower financial assistance in this bill compared to ObamaCare would make premiums unaffordable for many low-income people.

The Senate GOP legislation being blocked on a procedural hurdle would mark a serious setback for McConnell after his party campaigned for years on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneThree GOP senators to vote against taking up healthcare bill without changes Week ahead in tech: Lawmakers turn focus to self-driving cars Senate panel unveils aviation bill with consumer protections, drone fix MORE (R-S.D.) downplayed the chances of Republicans bucking leadership and not allowing the initial step in voting on the Senate legislation.

“I would expect on the motion to proceed, it’s procedural that our members would at least let us get on it,” he told reporters. “Obviously everybody wants to exert whatever leverage they can … but I would expect that we would be able to get on it.”

Source: world

Short Link
2017-06-27 2017-06-27
Leave a Reply
0 comments
*Name
*Email
Required fields*

Your email address will not be published.

Comments Rules :

عدم الإساءة للكاتب أو للأشخاص أو للمقدسات أو مهاجمة الأديان أو الذات الالهية. والابتعاد عن التحريض الطائفي والعنصري والشتائم.

Type a small note about the comments posted on your site (you can hide this note from comments settings)

Tom Mark