Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke out against his own party’s process of trying to repeal and replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
McCain told reporters on Monday:
“I have talked and talked and talked about the need to do regular order. I have amendments that I would like to have votes on … Am I going to be able to have those, or is [it] going to be an up or down vote? That’s not why I came to the Senate just to give up or down votes.”
McCain also bashed GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (La.) for their effort to repeal Obamacare, saying that it was “better” but he still wasn’t satisfied.
“It’s better but it’s not what the Senate is supposed to be doing. … Is it better to be guilty of murder or train robbery?” he asked reporters.
McCain was then asked about the Senate’s time crunch on passing a healthcare bill. The Republican Senator called out his colleagues for procrastinating for nine months.
“I’m not the one that waited nine months … it’s not my problem that we only have those few days.”
Republicans are running low on time and the struggle within their party to come up with a repeal and replace bill continues. They have until the end of the month to bring an ObamaCare repeal bill straight to the Senate floor and pass it by a simple majority.