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.).