GOP lawmaker admits not reading 'every word' of healthcare bill

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsOn The Money: Economy adds 136K jobs in September | Jobless rate at 50-year low | Treasury IG to probe handling of Trump tax returns request | House presses Zuckerberg to testify on digital currency Two Collins associates plead guilty in insider trading case On The Money: Trump blames Fed as manufacturing falters | US to join Trump lawsuit over NY subpoena for tax returns | Ex-Rep. Chris Collins pleads guilty in insider trading case MORE (R-N.Y.), a top ally of President Trump, admitted Thursday that he did not read the entire text of the GOP's healthcare bill that passed earlier in the day — but said his staff did.

"I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not, but I can also assure you my staff did," Collins told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"You know, I have to rely on my staff, and I can probably tell you that I read every word and I wouldn't be telling you the truth, nor would any other member," he continued.


"We rely on our staff and we rely on our committees, and I'm comfortable that I understand this bill in its entirety, Wolf, without pouring through every word, and I'm just being quite honest. That's the way it is," he said.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) quickly trolled Collins on Twitter after Collins admitted he didn't read the amended bill in its entirety.

House Republicans successfully passed the American Health Care Act by a narrow 217-213 vote Thursday. The legislation replaces certain ObamaCare provisions.

No House Democrats supported the bill, and many publicly slammed it as "abominable" and a "tax cut for millionaires." Twenty Republicans broke with their party to oppose the bill.

Trump and GOP leaders took a victory lap during an event at the White House Rose Garden following the bill's passage Thursday, with Trump voicing confidence that it would become law despite hurdles in the Senate.