WASHINGTON — Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas said they would oppose the Republican health-care overhaul, leaving Senate GOP leaders short of the votes needed to advance the bill and likely derailing President Donald Trump’s top legislative push of his first year in office.
In a stinging defection, Lee and Moran on Monday night became the third and fourth Republicans to oppose the GOP bill, which would roll back and replace much of the Affordable Care Act.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) July 18, 2017
My full statement opposing this version of BCRA: pic.twitter.com/CUq4Kibe0I
— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) July 18, 2017
Senate Republicans had already lost two GOP votes, from Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, and the new opposition from Lee and Moran means Senate leaders don’t have enough support to advance the bill in a procedural vote.
With 52 Republicans in the Senate, McConnell needed to secure at least 50 GOP votes, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. No Democrats are expected to support the bill.
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