Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is delaying a vote on the Senate’s bill for repealing and replacing ObamaCare until after the July 4 recess, two sources told CNN.
McConnell reportedly told GOP senators that he wants to make alterations to the legislation, get a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on it and hold a vote after the recess.
A White House official and a GOP aide on the Hill also told CNN that every Republican senator was invited to the White House Tuesday afternoon.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and Vice President Mike Pence reportedly issued the invite as debate over the controversial bill continues.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday celebrated the news as a victory against Republican efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
Other people on the social media platform urged GOP senators to intensify their attempts at reforming the healthcare law.
Let Obama Care die. Let millions of people go without any insurance. Only then will the Democrats admit that Obama Care doesn't work...— MAGA_1958 (@MAGA_1958) June 27, 2017
McConnell reportedly sought a Senate vote on the bill before the July 4 recess, a goal that was imperiled by the CBO score on the legislation issued Monday.
The CBO’s analysis reportedly found that the bill would result in 22 million more uninsured people over 10 years.
The nonpartisan agency also purportedly predicted the legislation would produce a $321 billion budget reduction during the same time frame.
McConnell can afford just two Republican senator defections assuming all Democrats oppose the bill and Vice President Mike Pence then breaks a tie.
Six GOP senators oppose the current form of the bill, according to The Hill’s whip list, while 20 more are undecided or unclear on their position.