Two more GOP senators just said they won’t vote for the Republican health care bill

Two more GOP senators just said they won’t vote for the Republican health care bill
Sen. Michael S. Lee, R-Utah, center, walking with a member of his staff in the hallways on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, July 13.
Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Sen. Michael S. Lee, R-Utah, center, walking with a member of his staff in the hallways on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday, July 13.
Source: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas said on Monday that they will not support the GOP health care bill, the Associated Press reported on Monday, putting the Republican-backed bill’s chances of passing in serious jeopardy.

The Hill reported on Monday that Lee and Moran’s decisions officially put four GOP senators on record against the legislation, meaning that the bill no longer has the votes to pass.

According to the Hill, the two senators made their announcement on Monday night. In a statement, Moran said that “this closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one.”

Lee reportedly argued that the GOP bill wasn’t “conservative enough,” according to the Hill, saying in a statement that it doesn’t “create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations.”

Also on Monday evening, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) indicated that he might also be wavering on support for the GOP bill in the wake of reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had made closed-door comments about the Medicaid cuts in the bill, CNN reported.

Johnson, who supports an overhaul of Medicaid, reportedly said that he found reports of McConnell’s comments “very troubling,” CNN reported.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Anna Swartz

Anna is a staff writer for Mic covering breaking news. She can be reached at aswartz@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Sean Spicer said he resigned to avoid having “too many cooks in the kitchen”

Sean Spicer said he wanted to give new communications director Anthony Scaramucci a "clean slate."

Report: Jeff Sessions talked about matters related to the Trump campaign with Russian ambassador

Intercepted conversations suggest Sessions may have spoken about campaign-related issues, despite denying that was the case.

Obamacare repeal bill dealt yet another possibly fatal blow by Senate parliamentarian

Republicans will need to find 60 votes in support of their Obamacare repeal bill, or else strip it of abortion restrictions and a provision that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Don’t cry for Sean Spicer. He knew what he was doing when he took a job working for Donald Trump.

At the end of the day, the former press secretary took a job telling lies in support of a terrible president. Next, he'll probably take a more lucrative one and continue to defend him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary after Sean Spicer’s resignation

The shakeup in the White House press shop comes just six months and a day since Donald Trump was sworn in.

3 things to know about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director

Scaramucci is a former hedge fund manager who was named Yahoo Finance's 2016 "Wall Streeter of the Year."

Sean Spicer said he resigned to avoid having “too many cooks in the kitchen”

Sean Spicer said he wanted to give new communications director Anthony Scaramucci a "clean slate."

Report: Jeff Sessions talked about matters related to the Trump campaign with Russian ambassador

Intercepted conversations suggest Sessions may have spoken about campaign-related issues, despite denying that was the case.

Obamacare repeal bill dealt yet another possibly fatal blow by Senate parliamentarian

Republicans will need to find 60 votes in support of their Obamacare repeal bill, or else strip it of abortion restrictions and a provision that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Don’t cry for Sean Spicer. He knew what he was doing when he took a job working for Donald Trump.

At the end of the day, the former press secretary took a job telling lies in support of a terrible president. Next, he'll probably take a more lucrative one and continue to defend him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders named White House press secretary after Sean Spicer’s resignation

The shakeup in the White House press shop comes just six months and a day since Donald Trump was sworn in.

3 things to know about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director

Scaramucci is a former hedge fund manager who was named Yahoo Finance's 2016 "Wall Streeter of the Year."