The Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal

Three Republican senators oppose a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare, leaving the bill appearing dead.

Republicans need 50 votes to pass legislation from Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid GOP senator: CBO moving the goalposts on ObamaCare mandate CNN to air sexual harassment Town Hall featuring Gretchen Carlson, Anita Hill MORE (R-La.) and 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.) that would repeal much of the law and provide block grants for health-care funding to states. Leaders can afford no more than 2 GOP defections.

Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore GOP strategist: 'There needs to be a repudiation' of Roy Moore by Republicans World leaders reach agreement on trade deal without United States: report MORE (R-Ariz.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senator asks to be taken off Moore fundraising appeals Red state lawmakers find blue state piggy bank Prosecutors tell Paul to expect federal charges against attacker: report MORE (R-Ky.), and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program A bipartisan bridge opens between the House and Senate Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE (R-Maine) have come out against the bill.

Republican leaders are aiming for a vote the final week of September. Republicans face a Sept. 30 deadline to pass repeal using special budgetary rules that prevent a Democratic filibuster.

Every Democrat and independent is expected to vote against the bill.

Here’s a look at how votes are stacking up in the GOP.

The Hill will be updating this list as information comes in. Email mmali@thehill.com if you have updates to provide.

 

RECENT UPDATES: Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine).

This list was last updated on Sept. 25 at 6:13 p.m.

 

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) — Collins came out against the bill moments after the CBO released its score on Monday.

“Health care is a deeply personal, complex issue that affects every single one of us and one-sixth of the American economy. Sweeping reforms to our health care system and to Medicaid can’t be done well in a compressed time frame, especially when the actual bill is a moving target," she said in a statement.

Many think she will run for governor of Maine, where a vote for repeal would be difficult to defend.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — Paul backed his party in the July vote, but said Monday he won’t support the new legislation, which in his view doesn’t repeal enough of ObamaCare and could hurt some states.

“I’m kind of surprised this has been resurrected because I don’t think it has been fully thought through,” he told reporters.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — McCain is opposed to Graham-Cassidy. “I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried," he said in a statement.

McCain has repeatedly been critical of the process used by the GOP on health care and also delivered the dramatic deciding vote against the GOP’s repeal effort in July.

McCain is close to Graham, one of the bill’s sponsors, and his home-state governor has endorsed the approach.

 

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Sen. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate GOP: We are unified on controversial tax policy change Senate Dems want B to address opioid epidemic MORE (R-W.Va.) — Capito hasn't expressed her position on the bill. She also previously had concerns about how the Senate GOP leadership's bill changed Medicaid and worked to net $45 billion for opioids abuse. 

“I’m trying to get the numbers for West Virginia,” Capito told Vox Thursday. "I think the flexibility piece is something that’s very attractive.”

Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranWhite House requests B for missile defense to counter North Korea Senate narrowly passes 2018 budget, paving way for tax reform Live coverage: The Senate's 2018 budget 'vote-a-rama' MORE (R-Miss.) — A spokesman noted that Cochran hasn't commented on Graham-Cassidy. He previously voted for the Senate's last repeal and replace proposal, as well as partial repeal and "skinny" repeal. 

Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions Senate panel approves North Korea banking sanctions Trump names Powell as chairman of Federal Reserve MORE (R-Idaho) — A spokesman for Crapo told The Spokesman-Review that he is evaluating the legislation but "remains committed to fulfilling the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few ready to vote against it Anti-gay marriage county clerk Kim Davis to seek reelection in Kentucky MORE (R-Texas): Cruz said Sunday he is currently a no but is open to changes that could win his support.

"Right now they don't have my vote, and I don't think they have [Sen.] Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Health Care: Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid GOP senator: CBO moving the goalposts on ObamaCare mandate Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday MORE's [R-Utah] either," he said.

Sen. Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziGOP senators ask Trump for meeting on biofuels mandate Senate budget just the latest attack on seniors Week ahead: GOP's next steps on tax reform | Fed chief speculation heats up | Senate to vote on disaster relief MORE (R-Wyo.) — A spokesman for Enzi said that he "generally does not announce beforehand how he will vote on legislation and he hasn’t on the Graham-Cassidy bill."

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report The Hill's 12:30 Report Don't blame 'megadonors' for the GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare MORE (R-Colo.) — Gardner, the chairman of the Senate GOP campaign arm, told The Denver Post that he is "trying to get some more information on it" and looking at the numbers.

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonCongress is working to honor America’s heroes Bipartisan lawmakers can rebuild trust by passing infusion therapy bill 24 senators co-sponsor bipartisan ObamaCare deal MORE (R-Ga.)  — Isakson told Vox that "I'm not a 'no,' but I'm not a 'yes' either."

Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranAn unlikely bipartisan solution on energy and taxes Alexander struggles to find health-care breakthrough Overnight Tech: House Intel to release Russian Facebook ads | Trump tweet on NBC draws backlash | Senators want answers from alleged robocall king | Twitter reverses on Blackburn ad MORE (R-Kan.) — Moran's office told The Topeka Capital-Journal that he "continues to have conversations with Kansans and his colleagues regarding Graham-Cassidy and reconciliation."

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMoore digs in amid mounting GOP criticism Republicans float pushing back Alabama special election Moore defends himself as pressure mounts MORE (R-Alaska) — Murkowski has dodged questions on the bill, telling a small group of reporters Monday: “I need to figure out how all the numbers work with regards to Alaska.”

She also indicated she would like a bipartisan process.

“We’re now having bipartisan hearings; I have applauded those,” she said, referring to an effort in the Senate Health Committee to stabilize the insurance marketplaces, which has since been killed.

“I always think that when you can get support for whatever the initiative from across the spectrum, it’s just better legislation,” she added.

Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform GOP senators: Moore should step aside if allegations true Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Ohio) — Portman, like Capito, previously had concerns about how the Senate GOP leadership's bill changed Medicaid and worked to net $45 billion for opioids addiction. He said he's working to try to get more money in this bill for opioids addiction treatment, but thinks it isn't as crucial.

The extra money was needed in the previous repeal bill because "a lot of people would lose expanded Medicaid who are currently getting treatment." Portman said the Cassidy-Graham bill "is a little different because it keeps Medicaid expansion in place if a governor chooses to do so." 

Sen. Dan SullivanDaniel Scott SullivanCBS series 'Madam Secretary' exploring 'fake news' plot Alaska senators tell Trump not to change back name of mountain Everything you need to know about the coming Trump Arctic drilling debate MORE (R-Alaska) — Sullivan split with his fellow Alaska Republican senator and backed a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal bill on the floor in July.

The new bill could pull money away from Alaska, however, and like Murkowski, Sullivan is undecided.

"Still digging into it, trying to figure out all the backup of the dollar amounts, I'm trying to get more facts on it," he said Tuesday.

Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNewly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying Overnight Tech: FCC won't fine Colbert over Trump joke | Trump budget slashes science funding | Net neutrality comment period opens Appeals court decision keeps lawsuit against NSA surveillance alive MORE (R-Pa.) — "Still thinking about it," Toomey told reporters Tuesday.

Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungCongress mulls toughening foreign lobbying law The NRA's power: By the numbers The Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-Ind.) — Young told CNN that he's "still thinking about it." 

 

LIKELY/LEANING YES (7)

Sen. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderObamaCare becomes political weapon for Democrats Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Sen. Warren sold out the DNC MORE (R-Tenn.) —  Alexander said he's reviewing Cassidy-Graham to see how it would impact his state but he's "always supported block grant plans that would give states more flexibility, in education, health care and other areas." 

 

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstSenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff We must do more to celebrate women small business owners EPA walks back biofuels mandate changes MORE (R-Iowa) — Ernst told the Des Moines Register on Thursday that "I am leaning yes."

But it would be a surprise if Ernst voted "no" on the package.

Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerDissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs GOP senators fear bill will be cast as gift to rich GOP plans tax blitzkrieg MORE (R-Neb.) — Fischer told Fox News that she is reading through the bill, adding: "I think it’s a great model that the senators have come up with."

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks, background checks Senate panel to hold hearing on bump stocks MORE (R-Iowa) — Grassley said he is still looking at the bill, but likes that it “returns powers to states and individuals.” 

“We need alternatives to ObamaCare, which hasn’t worked,” he said.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) The conservative seems likely to back the bill.

“Sen. Lee is very encouraged by the waiver provisions in the bill and we are working with Cassidy’s office on some technical changes,” his office emailed Tuesday morning.

Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsSenate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training Overnight Energy: Perry takes heat for sexual assault comments | Clovis withdraws nomination for USDA post | Battle lines drawn on Arctic refuge drilling | Energy regulator back to full strength Trump USDA pick linked to Mueller probe withdraws nomination MORE (R-Kan.) — Roberts told Vox that "restoring decision-making back to the states is always a good idea, but this is not the best possible bill — this is the best bill possible under the circumstances." 

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Cornyn: Senate GOP tax plan to be released Thursday This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul MORE (R-Fla.) — Rubio told McClatchy that “I’ve got to see some of the details on how it impacts Florida, but by and large returning power to the states is something I’ve long believed in." 

  
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Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoThis week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul Dissent is democratic: Stop calling McCain, Corker, Flake RINOs The farm bill presents a chance to lighten the regulatory burden of farmers MORE (R-Wyo.) — Barrasso told MSNBC that "ObamaCare continues to fail the American people. ...The Republicans are looking to get the decisions and the money out of Washington." 

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntWe must fund community health centers now 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 Facebook: Clinton, Trump campaigns spent a combined M on ads MORE (R-Mo.) — Blunt signed on to the bill last week, saying it would “provide better health care for Missourians.”

Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanLobbying World The Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal GOP senator undergoing follow-up surgery next week MORE (R-Ark.): A spokeswoman for Boozman told The Associated Press that he will support the legislation. 

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.) — A spokeswoman for Burr told The Hill he supports it. 

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) — Cassidy is a sponsor of the bill and would get a great deal of credit if it passes the Senate.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTax Foundation: Senate reform bill would cost 6B GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan Dem House candidate apologizes for saying it 'shouldn't take brain cancer' for McCain to show courage MORE (R-Tenn.) — "I like it, I do," Corker told The Hill on Tuesday. "It's not perfect, but it's better than where we are, and that's been my gauge."

Sen. 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) — Cornyn has been whipping support from GOP senators over the health-care legislation, and a spokesman confirmed he will support it.

Sen. Tom CottonTom CottonOvernight Finance: GOP criticism of tax bill grows, but few no votes | Highlights from day two of markup | House votes to overturn joint-employer rule | Senate panel approves North Korean banking sanctions GOP senator: CBO moving the goalposts on ObamaCare mandate Cruz: It’s a mistake for House bill to raise taxes MORE (R-Ark.) — Cotton told The Washington Examiner on Tuesday that he supports the bill. “If it comes to the floor, I intend to vote for it,” he said. 

Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesTax bill raises red flags for Senate GOP Overnight Energy: EPA kicking scientists who get grants off advisory boards High stakes as Trump heads to Hill MORE (R-Mont.) — Daines told the Billings Gazette that the new healthcare legislation could be good for Montana, which he argued is facing a fiscal "train wreck." 

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: 'This cannot be who we are' GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.) — Flake announced his support for the bill on Twitter on Sunday.

“#GrahamCassidy plan to #RepealAndReplace #Obamacare has my support. It ought to be brought to the senate floor.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — Graham is another co-sponsor, and one who could have influence with McCain.

Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRead Senate GOP's tax bill Senate panel to start tax bill markup on Monday Senate set for clash with House on tax bill MORE (R-Utah) — Hatch told a local Utah TV station that he hopes the bill passes because ObamaCare "is a disaster for our country." 

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerBipartisan group of lawmakers aim to reform US sugar program Dem donor on MSNBC: 'Hopefully we'll get our sh-- together' The Hill interview — DNC chief: I came here to win elections MORE (R-Nev.) — The most vulnerable Senate Republican up for reelection next year, Heller is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Sen. John HoevenJohn Henry HoevenSenate tax plan may delay corporate rate cut by one year: report Pence to visit ICBM base The Hill's Whip List: Republicans try again on ObamaCare repeal MORE (R-N.D.) — Hoeven said in a statement that "based on our initial review of the legislation, we are supportive." 

Sen. Jim Inhfoe (R-Okla.) — Inhofe told Vox that Graham-Cassidy is "a stronger position for the states to be in, and generally, Republicans agree with that." 

Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDemocratic Homeland Security members request additional DHS nominee testimony Key differences between the Senate and House tax plans Senate panel delays vote on Trump’s Homeland Security pick MORE (R-Wis.) — Johnson is a co-sponsor.

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) — Kennedy told Vox that he was supporting the bill "because it gives states added flexibility." 

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordGOP senators raise concerns over tax plan Cornyn: Senate tax vote likely after Thanksgiving Senate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform MORE (R-Okla.) — A spokesman confirmed that Lankford supports the legislation. 

Sen. 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.) — McConnell has touted the Graham-Cassidy bill including saying in a recent floor speech that it "would repeal the pillars of Obamacare and replace that failed law’s failed approach with a new one: taking decision-making power out of Washington, allowing states and governors to actually experiment with better ideas."

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) — Perdue told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "I'm all in." 

Sen. Mike RoundsMarion (Mike) Michael RoundsOvernight Health Care: ObamaCare sign-ups surge in early days Meet the GOP senator quietly pushing an ObamaCare fix Trump bank nominee gets rough reception at confirmation hearing MORE (R-S.D.) — Rounds told reporters on Monday that he supports the bill.

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottKey differences between the Senate and House tax plans Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win Senate GOP reveals different approach on tax reform MORE (R-S.C.): Scott said in a statement: "I'm on board — now let's go get the votes!"

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenators push mandatory sexual harassment training for members, staff Justice Dept drops case against woman who laughed at Sessions Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training MORE (R-Ala.) — A spokeswoman confirmed that Shelby will support the legislation. 

Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneOvernight Tech: Senate panel subpoenaed ex-Yahoo chief | Twitter gives all users 280 characters | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | EU wants tax answers from Apple Overnight Cybersecurity: What we learned from Carter Page's House Intel testimony | House to mark up foreign intel reform law | FBI can't access Texas shooter's phone | Sessions to testify at hearing amid Russia scrutiny Former Yahoo CEO subpoenaed to appear before Congress MORE (R-S.D.) — Thune, the third-ranking GOP senator, backs the bill and said Cassidy is a “grave robber” for resurrecting something that was “6 feet under."

Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisMcConnell: 'I don't hear much pressure' to pass bill protecting Mueller from Trump Trump, GOP senators: No DACA deal in spending bill Senators back Trump's call to end visa lottery program MORE (R-N.C.) — Tillis told McClatchy that while Graham-Cassidy doesn't completely solve the country's healthcare problems it "puts it on [a] footing that I think is more likely to get us to a solution, through other measures that are going to require 60 votes."