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RNC's McDaniel: 'Tough Day for Republicans' After ACA Repeal Rejection

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By    |   Friday, 28 Jul 2017 08:12 AM

Americans are hurting over Obamacare and seeking relief, but they did not get it when three Republicans refused to vote for a "skinny repeal" bill that would have stripped many of the law's mandates away, Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Friday.

"It's a tough day for Republicans," McDaniel told Fox News' "Fox & Friends." 

"I think Sen. [Mitch] McConnell expressed that last night when he said how disappointed he was and Sen. [Ted] Cruz spoke out about that. We campaigned on this for seven years and American people are hurting and they were looking for relief. And they didn't get it last night."

However, she insisted that Republicans are continuing to fight for the American people.

"You had 217 Republicans in the house who passed the repeal and replace," she said. "You had 49 senators last night. You saw the president and the vice president doing everything they could.

"Three senators chose not to vote with us, and all the Democrats sat on their hands when this came to Obamacare, something they put in place that is hurting the American people."

Early Friday, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined two GOP colleagues, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, to block the stripped-down bill. McCain's vote came after his return to Washington from brain cancer treatment to cast the 50th vote to start debate on the bill this week.

His vote Friday meant the bill was defeated by 49-51, putting it just short of the 50 votes it needed to advance.

Meanwhile, on Friday, McDaniel called on former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to testify before Congress and give answers about her former IT staffer, after the man was captured at Dulles International Airport Monday on his way out of the United States.

The Florida congresswoman fired the staffer, Imran Awan, 37, on Tuesday, following his arrest the day before on bank fraud charges for "allegedly attempting to get a loan from the Congressional Federal Credit Union on a rental property by claiming it as his primary residence.

Earlier in the week, the FBI smashed hard drives seized from Awan's home. 

"He received over $4 million between he and his family member's taxpayers," said McDaniel. "His security clearances were cut off by the congressional committee in February. He wasn't allowed to have any access to computers because he was under investigation. But Debbie Wasserman Shultz kept him on staff until the day after he tried to flee the country."

If it had been a Republican staff member who tried to flee the country, the media would jump on the story, McDaniel continued.

"It would be 24/7," she said. "The hypocrisy is so blatant this story exemplifies that. To have a congressional staff ruin hard drives, taking a hammer to them to be accused of fraud and to essentially have stolen data."

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