McConnell on last ditch ObamaCare repeal: Find the votes

McConnell on last ditch ObamaCare repeal: Find the votes
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Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidySenate GOP urges Trump administration to work closely with Congress on NAFTA GOP, Dem lawmakers come together for McCain documentary Graham working on new ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamRetired English teacher corrects letter from Trump and sends it back to White House Graham: Trump 'probably' shouldn't call use of FBI informant 'spygate' Graham on canceled summit: Trump thought North Korea was ‘playing him’ MORE (R-S.C.) met on Tuesday afternoon with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows   Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending MORE (R-Ky.) to discuss their last-ditch ObamaCare repeal bill. 

Leaving the meeting in McConnell's Capitol office, Cassidy said the leader's message was that Graham and Cassidy need to find 50 votes for the bill on their own. 
 
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"He just says we need 50 votes," Cassidy said of McConnell. 
 
 
The effort faces a fast-approaching deadline of Sept. 30 before the fast-track authority to pass it with a simple majority expires. It comes after the GOP's stunning defeat of a prior effort by just one vote.
 
The bill would end funding for ObamaCare's subsidies and Medicaid expansion and convert those dollars into a block grant for states. Backers say this gives states more flexibility, while Democrats warn the block grants would be too small and would lead to cuts. 
 
"The Leader has said publicly and repeatedly that to move forward on anything we’ll need at least 50 votes," said McConnell spokesman Don Stewart, calling that a "consistent message."