Senate to Vote on Health Care Bill After Recess

Mitch McConnell

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The Senate is now expected to vote on their health care replacement to Obamacare after the July 4 recess, Axios reported.

According to two senior aides, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that instead of voting on the measure later this week, they plan to postpone it in hopes to pass it.

‘Vote after break," said one aide. "McConnell wants to win. Going to make changes new score [sic] and win."

"Majority Whip John Cornyn had said earlier that the vote was going ahead," Axios said. "But ultimately, the decision is McConnell's — and he was getting too much pushback from Senate Republican holdouts who said they weren't ready to vote this quickly, without changes to the bill."

McConnell can only afford to lose two Republican votes to gain passage, and so far five Republican senators have said they cannot vote on the bill without fixes, Politico reported. They are Sens. Dean Heller (R., Nev.), Susan Collins (R., Maine), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah.).

Ali Meyer

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with CNSNews.com where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is meyer@freebeacon.com.

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