Susan Collins Says It's 'Very Difficult' to Imagine Supporting Graham-Cassidy
Sep 25 2017 by Lorena Waters
"I don't anticipate that". Now, I want to be a yes. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who has not declared a position but has said she has considerable doubts about the proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring the bill to the floor for a vote some time next week.
Republicans, who have just a 52-48 majority, are using a special budgetary procedure that allows them to pass legislation with a simple majority - and the vote of the vice president in the event of a tie - rather than the usual 60 votes. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, did not go through "regular order" - a series of hearings, markups and an open-amendment process. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is McCain's closest friend in the Senate and said that friendship "is not based on how he votes but respect for how he's lived his life and the person he is".
Trump said "it's fine" and said "we're going to do it eventually, we're going to do it eventually", when talking about repealing Obamacare.
This week, Senate Republicans have been leaning on three senators who signaled they have been undecided on Graham-Cassidy: Sen. Republicans have until September 30 to pass it under Senate reconciliation rules, which require only 50 votes; after that, they would likely - though not definitely - need to wait until next year for another shot at repeal.
Whether the bill will actually pass is frighteningly uncertain, he said.
The House passed its own repeal bill back in May, prompting Trump to convene a Rose Garden celebration, which soon began to look premature.
While Republicans have pledged to repeal the Obama-era health care reforms, they have struggled to secure enough support to do so amid fears that proposed alternatives would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health insurance.
Cruz said that although he believes Graham-Cassidy has some good elements, the bill has not addressed his central concern: the cost of healthcare premiums.
In a further blow to GOP efforts, Senator Ted Cruz - nobody's idea of a moderate - said on Sunday morning that he Utah Senator Mike Lee weren't yet on board with the bill either. Susan Collins (R-Maine) indicated Sunday that she was unlikely to vote in favor of it. Sen.
McCain cast the decisive vote back in July that derailed an earlier version of the party's health care bill. Why does McCain's move in particular put the bill, as we say, teetering on the edge of defeat? Graham-Cassidy Bill is GREAT!
Paul said if Graham and Cassidy removed the block-grant provisions he would consider supporting it.
Trump tweets: "John McCain never had any intention of voting for this Bill, which his Governor loves. 7 years of Repeal & Replace and some Senators not there", he tweeted.
"The legislation that we passed was full of things that still need to be fixed; it wasn't ideal, but it was better". "And I'm still wondering why he claims to be a Republican senator, despite being the Democrats' best friend right now", Bongino said.