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Senate Won’t Vote On Graham-Cassidy

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is no longer expected to bring the Graham-Cassidy health care bill to the floor due to a lack of support.

The legislation — recently introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Dean Heller of Nevada — was their final chance to use the Fiscal Year 2017 budget as a reconciliation tool to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Graham and Cassidy requested a vote on their measure not be held due to its narrow path to passage, Axios reports.

McConnell announced last week he planned to bring the bill to the floor ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline, but after three members of his conference — Sens. Rand Paul, John McCain and Susan Collins — came out against the measure, leadership fell short of the 50-vote threshold needed to send the bill to the lower chamber.

Republicans are now weighing their options on how to proceed with health care reform, floating the idea of placing reconciliation instruction in the 2019 budget or repealing the Affordable Care Act along with tax reform using the 2018 bill.

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