McConnell delays the Senate health bill vote
Even before the CBO score was released on Tuesday, the odds were not looking great for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Five senators had already voiced their opposition to the Senate health bill and several others, both conservatives and moderates alike, were on the fence. Had the bill, in its current state, progressed to the Senate floor before the July 4th recess, it is entirely likely that it would not have passed by the simple majority GOP leaders needed, which left Mr. McConnell with one option to preserve the bill for the time being.
“We will not be on the bill this week, but we’re working toward getting at least fifty people in a comfortable place”
He announced on Tuesday, thus delaying the Senate health bill until after the recess.
Presumably, this later deferral will be spent amending the GOP bill and negotiating with senators for their vote. McConnell noted that he wanted to have a compromise bill up and running before the recess so that senators and their constituents could review it over the vacation. In addition, an amended bill would call for a new CBO score, the report which has, thus far, given the most consistent baselines on what to expect from Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.