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Senate GOP leaders abruptly delay health care vote

first_imgWASHINGTON — In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders are delaying a vote on their prized health care bill until after the July 4 recess, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debating the legislation.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delivered the message to GOP senators Tuesday at a private lunch also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.“I think that was an important step. I certainly wasn’t ready” to vote, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, one of the bill’s critics, said of the delay. Asked if the legislation could ever attract enough support, she said, “I don’t know.”“I think it’s wise,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. “We’re actually close to an agreement, but there are some important differences remaining.”GOP senators were planning to travel to the White House later Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump.McConnell had hoped to push the measure through his chamber by week’s end, before an Independence Day recess that party leaders fear will be used by foes of the legislation to tear away support.last_img read more

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