And now this. Because of Senator John McCain’s sudden illness and hospitalization, the vote for the Senate repeal and repair bill has been “deferred.”
Not sure what that means.
— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) July 16, 2017
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 16, 2017
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will miss this week’s votes in the Senate after undergoing surgery on Friday, depriving Republicans of a key vote on healthcare.
McCain’s absence means Senate Republicans almost certainly will not have the 50 votes they’d need to win a procedural vote.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have already said they would oppose the procedural vote. With all Democrats voting no, that would leave Republicans with just 49 votes, given McCain’s absence.
A further delay in the schedule is bad news for Senate Republicans, as it will allow opponents of the legislation more time to pressure wavering GOP centrists to vote against it.
Even with McCain, it is uncertain whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could put the 50 votes together for the bill.
That Trump guy just can’t get a win… I mean hashtag win.