RNC head: Cancel August recess to work on ObamaCare repeal

RNC head: Cancel August recess to work on ObamaCare repeal
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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Monday that Congress should cancel the August recess so lawmakers can continue their efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“It’s not easy, there’s a lot of diversity of thought, we’re having a dialogue and discussion, I do think it’s critical we find a resolution and I agree with the President that Congress should not take an August recess until they figure out the repeal and replacement of Obamacare,” McDaniel told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement.

“Our voters are depending on them and that’s part of why we were elected to lead and we need to get that done.”

Lawmakers have previously floated the idea of canceling the August recess to work on the Republican agenda. Late last month, 10 GOP senators penned a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Schumer: Democrats 'cut the best deal we could' Dems sour on shutdown tactics MORE (R-Ky.) asking for the recess to be canceled or shortened.

McDaniel's statement comes as lawmakers return from the Fourth of July recess after postponing a vote on the GOP legislation to repeal and replace ObamaCare because leaders didn't have the votes.

McDaniel said in her statement that ObamaCare is failing and the GOP is “trying to solve a very difficult problem.”

“I don’t know if you saw the news today that 2 million more people will be uninsured; this is the system Democrats put in place without any Republican input and now that it’s failing the Democrats have run away as quickly as they can,” she said.

Ten senators have come out against the Republican proposal in the upper chamber, while more than a dozen other lawmakers are either undecided or unclear on their positions. 

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