Multiple senior lawmakers announced on Tuesday that the Senate will now be pushing off voting on its health care bill until after July 4 due to the lack of support.
The Senate introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act last week and was hoping to get a vote for it this week, but a number of Republican Senators have said they cannot support the bill in its current form.
Mitch McConnell made the announcement on Tuesday during a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.
“We’re gonna continue the discussions within our conference, on the differences that we have and that we continue to try and litigate,” McConnell said. “Consequently, we will not vote on the bill this week.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced on Monday that 22 million Americans would lose healthcare coverage by 2026.
Republicans can only afford to lose only two votes of their own party. With that being noted, multiple Republican Senators have publicly announced they could not back the bill yet. Those Senators include: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.
“While the scheduling may have slipped a little bit we are intent on rescuing Americans from a failed system,” said Sen. John Thune, the Senate Republican Conference chair.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was pleased but also said Democrats’ work was not finished yet. “We are not resting on any laurels nor do we feel any sense of accomplishment,.”