Faced with certain defeat, Senate Republicans decided this Tuesday to not even have a vote on their Obamacare repeal bill, “surrendering on their last-gasp effort to deliver on the party’s banner campaign promise” according to the Associated Press.
During a press conference this Tuesday, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), and other leaders decided that “the votes are not there, not to have the vote.”
From the AP:
The decision marked the latest defeat on the issue for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. In July, the Republican-controlled Senate rejected three similar GOP measures, a failure that infuriated conservatives and prompted Trump to spend much of his summer tweeting criticism at McConnell for falling short.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) promised that the GOP’s repeal efforts would continue.
“We’re going to get there,” he said. “We’re going to fulfill our promise.”
The nail (or nails) in the coffins were brought by the GOP Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, who joined Arizona Senator John McCain in opposition to the bill. Texas Senator Ted Cruz also opposed the legislation.
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