Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' MORE (R-Ky.) is firing a warning shot to his fellow Republicans ahead of key test for the GOP effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
"I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we've made to the American people for almost 10 years now," McConnell told the Associated Press, referring to their years-long pledge to nix the Affordable Care Act.
McConnell's comments to the AP come as President Trump warned about the potential political fallout if Republicans fail to pass a House bill to repeal and replace the Obama-era law.
During a closed-door meeting, Trump told House Republicans that "I believe many of you will lose in 2018" if they fail, a source in the room told The Hill.
House Republicans are expected to vote this week on a bill that would dismantle major provisions of ObamaCare and cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
McConnell stressed on Tuesday that Republicans had been promising to get rid of the Affordable Care Act for "four straight elections" — and now needed to make good on that pledge.
"The law is failing right in front of us. It'll continue to get worse unless we act, so we have to act," he said in a separate speech from the Senate floor.
If the House is able to pass its legislation, McConnell reiterated on Tuesday that it would be taken up in the Senate, where lawmakers would be able to change it. Senate leadership wants to vote on ObamaCare repeal before the Easter recess.
"We'll have an amendment process here in the Senate, and at the end of that process, we'll send a bill to the one person who can sign it into law, and that's the president of the United States," he added.
The House bill faces an uphill fight in the Senate, where GOP lawmakers have a narrow path to clearing the legislation. Republicans have a 52-seat majority and can only afford to lose two GOP senators before any ObamaCare repeal bill doesn't have the support to pass.
There are currently four Republican senators who have said that they cannot support the House bill without additional changes. An additional 16 GOP senators have voiced concerns about the House bill.
McConnell told the AP that he expected Trump would personally pitch undecided Senate Republicans. A key group of conservative lawmakers have already met with White House staff over the bill.
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