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Mike Lee 5th GOP senator against starting health bill debate

Mike Lee 5th GOP senator against starting health bill debate Mike Lee 5th GOP senator against starting health bill debate
Francis Olson | 28 June, 2017, 19:34

Facing a potentially disastrous defeat by members of his own party, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made a decision to delay a vote on healthcare legislation in order to get more support from Republican senators.

At least four Republican senators said they would vote against the measure as of Monday-two more than the party could spare with no Democratic support for the bill.

The Senate health care bill is so bad that after the Congressional Budget Office announced Monday afternoon it would force 22 million people to lose coverage, Republicans began to walk away from the legislation.

Senate Republican leaders now face another obstacle in passing their health care bill.

"Legislation of this complexity nearly always takes longer than anybody would hope", McConnell added, as GOP Senators were to meet later in the day with President Donald Trump at the White House.

"All of these things together make me very concerned that we're not going to fix the problem here", said Paul. The association doubled its Nevada ad buy after pro-Trump group America First Policies announced an ad campaign criticizing Heller's stance.

Ryan told reporters on Tuesday: "I would not bet against Mitch McConnell".

The proposed Senate bill would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026.

GOP senators then traveled to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.

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Paul met with President Trump Tuesday afternoon, and said the president is willing to work on the bill.

If, as expected, all Senate Democrats vote against the bill, it will only take two Republicans voting "no" to sink it. Senate Republicans are calling for a vote before the end of the week and the start of their July 4th holiday.

"They estimate about a 22 million increase nationally, and in New Jersey we estimate that means about a half a million New Jerseyans will become uninsured as a result of this legislation", said Ray Castro, director of health policy for New Jersey Policy Perspective. While Trump did pick off an electoral vote in that state's Second Congressional District previous year, Democrat Hillary Clinton won the state overall.

Democrats remained united in opposition, blasting the Senate bill as a tax break for the wealthy.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to staunch his party's rebellion, a day after the Congressional Budget Office released its report. Reconciliation does not allow for a filibuster, so a senator could not delay a vote on the bill indefinitely.

And she's not the only Republican senator who plans to do so.

McConnell praised Trump's involvement in the process over the last week, saying the president has been "fully engaged".

Before the Senate can begin debate on most legislation, the senators must either unanimously agree to consider it or the majority leader must offer a "motion to proceed" to consideration of that bill.

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