Rand Paul says U. S. Senate to vote on a 'clean repeal' of Obamacare
The prediction Kentucky's junior Senator has about the odds that the vote will pass.
WASHINGTON (WDRB) - The U. S. Senate is scheduled to vote on a clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act also known as "Obamacare."
U. S. Senator Rand Paul posted on Twitter Tuesday morning that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told him "that the plan for today is to take up the 2015 clean repeal bill, as I've urged."
The Kentucky Republican tweeted that "If that is the plan, I will vote to proceed to have this vote. I also now believe we will be able to defeat the new spending and bailouts."
But Paul says leadership would need 60 votes to pass, and he believes it will fail. "Repealing mandates & taxes, without new spending and bailouts. This is the path I've been urging," he said on Twitter.
Paul says he discussed his vision with President Donald Trump. He has been pressuring Senate Republicans to vote on a health care bill "after 7 years of talking." A procedural vote is planned for Tuesday.
Trump says on Twitter Tuesday morning that Obamacare is "torturing" Americans. He says "I have pen in hand" to sign a bill and is urging a vote either to repeal, or to repeal and replace the Obama law.
ObamaCare is torturing the American People.The Democrats have fooled the people long enough. Repeal or Repeal & Replace! I have pen in hand.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2017
Trump says it's "so great" that ailing Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain is returning to Washington to vote for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Trump's describes McCain's move as "brave" and the senator as an "American hero." During the 2016 campaign, Trump questioned McCain's status as a war hero, saying, "He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
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