Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell officially pulled the plug on the GOP’s latest efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling fellow Senators there will not be a vote on the Graham-Cassidy bill and admitting yet another defeat in his final push to make good on a seven-year promise.
According to the New York Times, McConnell made his final decision hours after Sen. Susan Collins of Maine announced her opposition the legislation; joining Sen. John McCain and Rand Paul’s ‘no’ votes and ending the bill’s chances of passing the Senate.
The Graham-Cassidy legislation was GOP lawmakers last and best chance to repeal and replace Obamacare before the September 30th deadline. Any vote after the deadline would then require a 60 vote super-majority; making it nearly impossible to “repeal” Obamacare without any democratic support.
Speaking from the White House, President Trump did not mince words for republican legislators who have -so far- failed to advance the President’s agenda; breaking a seven-year promise to voters that ushered the GOP into power.
“At some point there will be a repeal and replace, but we’ll see whether or not that point is now or will it be shortly thereafter,” said the President. “But we are disappointed in certain so-called Republicans.”