Lindsey Graham: I don’t think GOP can pass healthcare bill this year

Lindsey Graham: I don’t think GOP can pass healthcare bill this year
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill Trump wrestles with handling American enemy combatants Flake: Trump's call for DOJ to probe Democrats 'not normal' MORE (R-S.C.) said Monday that he does not believe the Senate will pass a major healthcare bill before the end of the year.

"I don’t think there will be. I just don’t think we can put it together among ourselves,” Graham said about passing the bill this year, Bloomberg reported.

Graham's remarks come as Senate Republicans plan to meet Tuesday to discuss options to repeal and replace ObamaCare, as the Senate GOP's healthcare working group considers the details of the Senate plan.

While upper chamber leaders like Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (R-Texas) have pressed senators to finish healthcare by the end of July, Graham and Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrJuan Williams: The shame of Trump's enablers Five takeaways from the social media hearings Overnight Tech: Senators demand tech firms do more on Russian meddling | House Intel releases Russian-promoted ads | Apple CEO says 'fake news' bigger threat than ads | Ex-Yahoo CEO, Equifax execs to testify on breaches MORE (R-N.C.) have questioned if healthcare can be done in 2017.  

The Republican-majority House passed a bill in early May that repeals and replaces key provisions of ObamaCare, which many Republican lawmakers have vowed to repeal. The vote is now in the hands of upper chamber. 

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Some Senate Republicans hope to have a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score before voting on the legislation on July 4, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Ky.) admitted last week it may be hard to garner enough votes for the healthcare legislation.

“I don’t know how we get to 50 [votes] at the moment,” McConnell said, referring to the healthcare bill.

While Republicans have majority power in the upper chamber with 52 seats, just two GOP defections would would likely lead to a 50-50 tie in which Vice President Pence could cast the deciding vote. 

Graham previously warned that the GOP healthcare bill "should be viewed with caution" before the CBO had come out with its score. 

The CBO score for the House bill estimated that 23 million more people would become uninsured by 2026 than if ObamaCare remained in place. And the score also said the Republican bill would reduce the deficit by $119 billion over the course of 10 years.