US Senate's failure to repeal Obamacare praised by Sens. Stabenow, Peters

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

The Senate vote sets up a critical issue in battleground states in next year's mid-term elections. While they knew Paul had serious issues with the bill and had amendments he was demanding merited consideration, aides and senators say McCain's staff had given assurances that he would get those amendments put in order. When the moment came, most of us did. Eliminating them would reduce tax revenues by almost $1 trillion over the next decade.

On Twitter, McCain said the repeal bill "fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform", adding, "I hope we can rely on humility, cooperation & dependence on each other to better serve the people who elected us". But Republicans say it has driven up premiums and forced consumers to buy insurance they do not want and can not afford.

Brady doesn't offer specifics.

"Why don't we try the old way of legislating in the Senate, the way our rules and customs encourage us to act", he said.

Brady chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.

After McCain's diagnosis was made public, Trump's written statement called him a "fighter", but his in-person comments focused more on the practical need for his vote.

And he concludes: "We can do this".

But as much as he receives praise for taking principled stands, McCain also draws the ire of critics who see an inconsistency too when he evokes these principles and allows personal animous or a craving for the spotlight to at times govern those decisions.

Schumer called that approach "sabotage", and said he hopes Republicans in the House and Senate "will turn a deaf ear on that". She eventually also voted no (as originally expected) along with Maine's Susan Collins.

Three GOP senators voted down a so-called "skinny repeal" plan, a devastating blow to President Donald Trump and Republican leadership.

For fans of the health-care law, it's straight out of "Profiles in Courage".

KEITH: And he's not the only Republican who's saying that.

"We look forward to our colleagues on the other side suggesting what they have in mind", McConnell said in the statement. I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up.

Graham told reporters that passing a scaled-down version of a bill that would repeal Obamacare "politically would be the dumbest thing in history".

From Friday's early-morning flop of the skinny repeal, Tankersley highlights Sen. The vote was 49-51 with three Republicans joining all Democrats in voting 'no'.

But just hours away from a vote, which ultimately ended close to 2 a.m. ET, the Republicans were still in trouble.

They headed home for a five-week summer recess having failed on a key policy goal they vowed to get done once they controlled Congress and the White House.

Typically, legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes or more to avoid a filibuster. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly rejected Trump's proposal to lower the threshold. Several GOP senators have voiced support for something short-term, as have several House Republicans.

Moderate GOP Sen. Collins met earlier week with a group of senators, including Sen. John McCain cast the deciding vote against the plan.

Congress passed a short-term budget this spring to keep the government funded until the fiscal year ending in September. And while McConnell worked to make that happened, any one member can object to bringing legislation to the floor, which is exactly what Republican Sen. "They placed a bill out there after they crafted it in secret and they basically said, 'My way or the highway.' That's not what they're doing with tax reform".

In a moment of unexpected high drama, Republicans were stymied once again in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act - and they have John McCain to thank for it.

Sanders replied, saying, "Let's replace a awful health care system with a better one, and he's going to be engaged, and I'll keep you posted on any specifics and people that he talks to". But he also said that he's "relieved" the measure didn't pass.

Asked about the political consequences for Republican lawmakers who did not get on board, or were perceived to not do enough, to get Obamacare repeal over the finish line, he replied, "Now is not the time to talk about future consequences".

"It's time to move on". The chamber adjourned following the defeat, and there are no further Senate votes this week. In the short term, the Senate intends to move on to defense legislation and the nomination of Christopher Wray to be the next Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Addressing police officers in Brentwood, New York, Mr Trump said: "I said from the beginning, let Obamacare implode and then do it [pass legislation]".

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