Republicans Delay Vote on Senate Health Care Bill

Mitch McConnell says he'll hold vote after July 4 recess
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2017 2:22 PM CDT
Republicans Delay Vote on Senate Health Care Bill
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is delaying a vote on Senate Republicans' health care bill until after the July 4 recess.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

There will be no vote on Senate Republican's health care bill this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 break, CNN reports. "We're still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place," CBS News quotes McConnell as saying. While he says he's still "optimistic" about the bill, he wants to make changes to it and get a new Congressional Budget Office score. The bill was estimated to leave 22 million more people without insurance, and five Republican senators had publicly expressed concern with it.

A senior Senate Republican aide tells CNN the plan is to have a new version of the bill ready by the end of the week for senators to mull over during the July 4 recess. "We know what everyone needs," the aide says. "Now we just need to make it work." Reuters reports Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is warning the bill's opponents that "the fight is not over." But, he says regardless of the delay Democrats have a good shot at defeating the bill "a week from now, a month from now, a year from now." (More health care stories.)

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