Johnson becomes 4th GOP senator unwilling to proceed on healthcare bill
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Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump administration floats background check proposal to Senate GOP Republicans wary of US action on Iran Democratic senator warns O'Rourke AR-15 pledge could haunt party for years MORE (R-Wis.) told CNN’s Dana Bash that he will vote against a motion to proceed to the Senate's healthcare bill if the vote is held this week.

He became the fourth GOP senator to say Monday that he will not vote to move forward the Senate’s bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in its current form.

 

Three other senators said they would vote against the motion to proceed; Republican Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE (Ky.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan Sinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote MORE (Maine) and Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (Nev.) each said they wouldn’t support the measure in its current form.

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The defections come hours after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the measure said it would cause 22 million more Americans to be uninsured in 10 years.

Five GOP senators, including Heller, said last week they wouldn’t vote for the bill in its current form.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Liberal super PAC launches browser extension replacing 'Mitch McConnell' with 'Moscow Mitch' MORE (R-Ky.) can only afford to lose two votes on the bill and still rely on Vice President Pence to break a tie.