After Trump scolding, Senate to try again on ObamaCare repeal and replace

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) is restarting ObamaCare repeal and replace negotiations following a White House meeting between a scolding President Trump and the Senate GOP conference. 

“Next week we’ll be voting on the motion to proceed, and I have every expectation that we’ll be able to get on the bill," McConnell told reporters after the lunch with Trump.

It was not immediately clear which bill McConnell wanted to move to — a straight repeal of ObamaCare or the Senate's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation, which had seemed dead days ago.

But as the afternoon waned on, it seemed increasingly clear that McConnell's hope is to get back to a new and improved Senate bill.

"It is contemporarily sort of revived," Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneAviation panel recommends Trump roll back safety rules Overnight Regulation: House moves to block methane rule | Senators wrestle with allowing driverless trucks | EPA delays toxic waste rule Overnight Tech: Senate looks at self-driving trucks | Facebook to keep ads off fake news | House panel calls Equifax CEO to testify MORE (R-S.D.) of the repeal and replace bill. "I think we don't have any delusions about the fact that this is going to be very hard and we still have members who are not there yet.

McConnell said that Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Pence hires Freedom Caucus adviser for press secretary Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid MORE, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, would be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night to talk to Republicans about their concerns.

"There are going to be some meetings tonight up here with people who still have outstanding issues and I think the question will be, yeah, can we find a way to yes?" Thune said.

"I think there will be a lot more discussion before there's a motion to proceed," said Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort How Senate relationships could decide ObamaCare repeal MORE (Alaska), one of four Republicans who said this week they would not back a repeal only strategy.

McConnell needs 50 votes to win a motion to proceed to the repeal bill.

Senate Majority Leader John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE (R-Texas) did not specify whether the motion to proceed would be to the 2015 repeal bill passed by the Senate, or to the reconciliation bill Republicans had been working on.

"We're still discussing it," Cornyn told reporters, noting that a group of "key senators" will meet with administration officials and Pence in Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoDems force 'Medicare for All' on Americans but exempt themselves GOP sees fresh opening with Dems’ single payer embrace Overnight Health Care: CBO predicts 15 percent ObamaCare premium hike | Trump calls Sanders single-payer plan ‘curse on the US’ | Republican seeks score of Sanders’s bill MORE's office Wednesday to discuss "unresolved issues."

Asked which bill would be voted on, Cornyn said. "I suspect it will be anything senators want to vote on. If a senator wants to offer an amendment that's the 2015 bill, they can do that.

"If we can get an agreement here, my preference would be to start with the BCRA, agree to language, and I think were getting closer."

The Republican lawmakers who had been publicly opposed to moving to the bill — Sens. Shelly Moore Capito (W.Va.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Ryan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Collins skeptical of new ObamaCare repeal effort MORE (Maine), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanWeek ahead in tech: Debate over online sex trafficking bill heats up 'Hillbilly Elegy' author won't run for Senate Brown, Portman urge Trump administration to move quickly on a steel decision MORE (Ohio) and Murkowski — had been worried about backing a repeal bill with no clear replacement measure in hand.

“I said back in January that if we’re going to do a repeal, there has to be a replacement. There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already,” Murkowski told reporters on Tuesday.

Republicans received a scolding from Trump at the outset of their meeting. The president said he was ready to sign legislation if the Senate sent it to him and called on them to cancel their August recess to get it done.

McConnell would not say if he would heed Trump's request to cancel August recess to continue work on healthcare.

– Jessie Hellmann contributed to this piece.