The GOP Has Another Shot To Repeal Obamacare, And It's Coming Up Quick
Written by Robb Atkinson on .
A bill introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham is gaining support, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he'll bring it to a vote if 50 senators back it.
Keep in mind, Republicans are using a special tactic called budget reconciliation in order to pass repeal legislation. A regular bill needs 60 votes in the Senate to avoid being blocked by a filibuster. Reconciliation lets certain fiscally-oriented bills dodge filibusters and pass with only 51 votes.
If Senate Republicans can get to 50 votes, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote.
That's what the party tried to do in previous repeal attempts. And since the GOP holds 52 seats in the Senate, reconciliation gives it room to pass bills on party lines.
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But that last effort died after Sen. John McCain became the third Republican to break ranks with a theatrical thumbs-down.
In regards to the new Graham-Cassidy bill, McCain is now a maybe. Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted with McCain against the last "skinny repeal" effort; neither has said one way or another how she feels about the new bill.