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Sen. Barrasso 'Confident' of Victory on Healthcare Vote

(CNBC/"Squawk Box")

By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 01:29 PM

A top Republican senator said Tuesday morning that he is "confident" the GOP will pass the first vote on its healthcare bill.

"We're using the budget process, so you have to pick up what passed the House. That's the starting point," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." 

Barrasso, a former orthopedic surgeon and the chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, is the fourth-ranked Republican senator.

"Republicans will offer amendments. Democrats will offer amendments. Some to improve the bill; some may want to kill the bill. But ultimately, you get the final amended product and then vote up or down on what that final product looks like," he said.

Barrasso celebrated the return of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who will return to the upper chamber on Tuesday to cast a vote for the bill after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

"I am so delighted that John McCain is coming back," he said. "You talk about somebody with courage, and with character, and with credibility, I mean that is John McCain."

He added that despite the small margin for error, he is "confident" and "committed."

President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter on Tuesday, slamming Democrats as "obstructionists," and calling for "action."

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