(L to R) Senators Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine withdrew their support for the repeal of Obamacare and stopped the bill from proceeding in the US Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the upper chamber of the US Congress will take on former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law again next week.
The Kentucky Republican made the comments on Tuesday after his party’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare failed for a second time despite having control over both chambers of the Congress as well as the White House.
McConnell is apparently seeking a straight-up repeal vote early next week and has the endorsement of US President Donald Trump
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (C) talks to reporters with Senator John Barrasso (L) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn following the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the US Capitol July 18, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
“This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” he said earlier in the day.
The president has, meanwhile, invited Republicans to lunch in the wake of the failure, he blamed particularly on Democratic lawmakers who hold a minority in the Congress.
This is while the effort failed due to lack of support from three Republican lawmakers, namely Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
The action was also delayed due to the medical conditions of Arizona Senator John McCain.
Trump said he would not take responsibility for the issue and let the statute fail to force Democrats to ask him to fix it, a comment described as “small and petty” by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“Let Obamacare fail,” he said. “I’m not going to own it.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (L), accompanied by Senator Ron Wyden (C)and Senator Patty Murray (R), arrives for a press conference at the US Capitol July 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)
“To hurt millions of people because he’s angry and he didn’t get his way is not being a leader,” said the New York Democrat, vowing to work with Republicans if they abandon their repeal effort.
Eleven governors, both Democrat and Republican, also called on lawmakers to abandon the repeal effort.
“Disappointed” by the failure, the president’s next measure remains to be seen.