Lacking votes, Senate Republicans cancel vote on Trumpcare

A major setback for Trump and the GOP.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Molly Riley
CREDIT: AP Photo/Molly Riley

Facing a revolt from both moderate and conservative factions of his party, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell canceled a vote on Trumpcare, which he previously insisted would occur this week.

Last night, three Republicans announced they would vote against a motion to proceed, effectively killing the measure as written.

McConnell will now seek to make changes to the measure, which the CBO estimated would cost 22 million people their health insurance, to flip votes.

“Vote after break. McConnell wants to win. Going to make changes new score and win,” a Republican aide told Axios.

The entire Republican caucus has been invited to the White House this afternoon to discuss a path forward.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she’s willing to go to the White House but there are “so many fundamental problems with the bill that have been confirmed by the CBO score, it is difficult for me to see how any tinkering is going to satisfy my fundamental and deep concern about the impact of the bill.”

But Republicans are expected to face large protests over the proposed legislation during the July 4 recess, which might make it even harder for McConnell to cobble together majority support.

The House, however, went through a similar process and ultimately passed a version of Trumpcare after making some modifications to the initial draft.

This is a breaking news piece and will be updated.