Cornyn: Senate will repeal ObamaCare by ‘the end of July’

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Trump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday that the Senate will repeal and replace ObamaCare no later than “the end of July.”

“Absolutely,” he said Wednesday on “The Chad Hasty Show” when asked if that goal is possible before 2017 ends. “We’ll get it done by the end of July at the latest.”

 Cornyn added that lawmakers have “no choice” but to repeal ObamaCare, as the healthcare law is in “meltdown" mode.


“Even if Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPavlich: Mueller’s indictment of the media Poll shows 36 percent support Trump's reelection, 43 percent prefer generic Democrat How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit MORE were president, we’d be revisiting this failed ObamaCare experiment,” he said of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

“One thing I’m sure of is it won’t be perfect,” the Senate’s No. 2 Republican added of ObamaCare’s replacement. "But if it’s better than ObamaCare, I think we will have fulfilled our promise we made election after election to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

President Trump earlier Wednesday urged GOP senators to “quickly get together” to pass a healthcare bill for repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

“Hopefully Republican Senators, good people all, can quickly get together and pass a new (repeal and replace) healthcare bill,” he tweeted.

Trump’s tweet is the latest sign that he is growing impatient with the pace of the congressional agenda toward his policy priorities. Other GOP senators have indicated the path to a Senate healthcare bill will be slow

The president on Tuesday called for the Senate to end the filibuster and allow legislation to pass with a simple majority.

“The U.S. Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy,” Trump tweeted. “Dems would do it, no doubt!”

The filibuster essentially requires 60 votes for a bill to pass the Senate. The GOP can pass healthcare bills and tax reform with a 51-vote majority if Republicans can reach agreements among themselves.