Key Nevada senator undecided on new ObamaCare repeal bill

Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.), one of the most-watched votes on the GOP ObamaCare repeal bill, on Thursday said he is undecided on the legislation because he needs to read it over the weekend.

“I'm going to take a look at the bill,” he told reporters Thursday. “We'll read it over the weekend and come up with a decision and see if there's any improvements.”

Heller, who is facing a tough reelection race in 2018, had opposed the initial version of the bill in strong terms, warning of its cuts to Medicaid and the millions of people who would lose coverage.

"It’s going to be very difficult to get me to a yes," he said last month.

The Medicaid cuts, including ending funds for the expansion of the program in 2024, remain largely the same in the new version of the bill.

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Asked about the Medicaid cuts, though, Heller said only that he still needed to look over the bill.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has forcefully defended keeping the federal funds for Medicaid expansion and has opposed the bill.

Asked if he could support the bill if Sandoval remained opposed, Heller did not give a definitive answer.

“Everything matters. Everything at this point matters, so having that discussion does matter,” he said.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Top Foreign Relations senators introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (R-Ky.) are already opposed to the bill. Heller is seen as one of the other GOP senators most likely to vote no. Three Republicans opposing the bill would mean it would fail.