McConnell says ObamaCare repeal vote will come ‘sometime in the near future’
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGraham calls on Schumer to hold vote to dismiss article of impeachment against Trump Rove: Chances of conviction rise if Giuliani represents Trump in Senate impeachment trial Boebert communications director resigns amid Capitol riot: report MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate will push forward with trying to repeal ObamaCare.

“Sometime in the near future we'll have a vote on repealing ObamaCare,” McConnell told reporters after a closed-door caucus lunch. 

McConnell acknowledged that his conference does not now have the votes it needs to pass its healthcare bill.

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And on Tuesday, there was evidence that he does not have the votes to bring a bill repealing ObamaCare to the floor.

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McConnell has sought to remind Republican senators that they voted to repeal ObamaCare just two years ago in a 52-47 vote.

At the time, however, Republicans knew then-President Obama would veto the bill.

McConnell’s remarks on Tuesday suggested he is prepared to move forward with a vote even if the procedural motion fails on the floor, since it would at least show the public — and the White House — where the bill stands.

Such a vote could prove politically damaging for various senators, however.

Several moderate GOP senators are publicly urging leadership to put a bill through “regular order” that would include working with Democrats at public hearings. 

McConnell said that if the repeal-only strategy fails, it is “my suspicion” that there will be hearings on insurance prices, but “we'll have to see what happens.”