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

Rep. Chris CollinsChristopher (Chris) Carl CollinsBiden taps Damian Williams as US attorney for Manhattan New York lt. gov. says she is 'prepared to lead' following Cuomo resignation Outrage grows as Justice seeks to contain subpoena fallout 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.