After seeing Trumpcare go down in flames Friday, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee issued a stunning statement calling for the repeal of the 17th Amendment and the return to Senators selected by state legislatures instead of being elected by the people.
“Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states,” Huckabee tweeted.
Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. Will work for their states and respect 10th amid
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 28, 2017
The 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913 and established the popular election of senators. Previously, senators were elected by state legislatures.
The Senate’s last effort to pass a “skinny repeal” of ObamaCare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49. The bill would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate and would have defunded Planned Parenthood. The vote failed after three Republican senators, John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), defected and voted against the bill.
“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” McCain said in a statement after the vote.
With the latest vote’s failure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said “it is time to move on” for the GOP.