Republicans in the Senate are trying to tamp down expectations surrounding the Obamacare replacement bill that some in the party think will not be voted on this summer.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to see the bill passed this month, and he has told his colleagues they must succeed in passing it in order to repeal and replace the Obamacare law. But, according to Politico, there is now an aggressive effort aimed at quieting some of the excitement around the bill in case it is not brought up for a floor vote soon — or if it is voted on, in case it does not pass.
Depending on who you talk to, a vote on the Senate GOP's version of the American Health Care Act could occur this month, sometime before the August recess, or another time.
McConnell said last week he expects to have a proposal ready for debating on the chamber floor "in the near future." Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said lawmakers are "stuck."
Politico reported Republican leaders do not want to a repeat of what happened in the House: the March AHCA vote was canceled at the last minute because of a lack of support and had to be changed before it was brought up for a vote in May.
"Next month is my prediction," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told Politico. "I just think it's something we have to do before we leave for August. You saw the House. It took them a couple of tries. Hopefully we'll do it on the first try."
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