Cornyn: GOP won't delay ObamaCare repeal vote

Cornyn: GOP won't delay ObamaCare repeal vote
© Greg Nash

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynConservatives wage assault on Mueller report Senate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks GOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 MORE (Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said Monday that leaders would not delay the vote on their ObamaCare repeal bill and that the vote would come this week.

Cornyn had left the door open over the weekend to pushing the vote back into July, but he is now "closing the door" to that option. 

Leaders are moving forward with a vote this week despite opposition to their bill from a number of Republican senators. 


Four conservative senators are currently opposed to the bill: Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNunes on Mueller report: 'We can just burn it up' 18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Lawmakers clash over whether conclusion of Mueller investigation signals no collusion MORE (R-Texas), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeStop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over New Zealand coverage GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers MORE (R-Utah), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulHillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records Transparency advocate says government agencies face 'use it or lose it' spending Republicans need solutions on environment too MORE (R-Ky.) and Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonTrump UN pick donated to GOP members on Senate Foreign Relations panel Scott Walker considering running for Wisconsin governor or Senate: report GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers MORE (R-Wis.). On the more moderate side, Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary Oregon Dem top recipient of 2018 marijuana industry money, study finds MORE (R-Nev.) is also opposed to the current bill. 

Leaders have said that they do not think adding more time will help them win votes, and they do not want the issue to eat up more of the calendar.

A Congressional Budget Office analysis and a slightly revised bill, adding a six-month waiting period to sign up for people with gaps in coverage, are expected later Monday. That waiting period is an alternative to ObamaCare's mandate for people to have coverage and is intended to get healthy people to enroll. 

Leaders could make more changes to their bill to try to win over votes later in the week.