Ryan 'Disappointed And Frustrated' At O'Care Repeal Failure In Senate

Ryan assures GOP senators House will go to conference

Greg Nash

In order to settle senators' nerves, Graham said, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told members during lunch that he had gotten a commitment from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the House would go to conference.

Three Republicans, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, voted with Democrats to kill the so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare in the early morning hours Friday.

"I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up", the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement.

Ryan said he's sure that the moderates and conservatives in the party could come together and pass comprehensive tax reform without major ideological differences blocking action. "I'm glad that members will now take time to hear directly from those they represent and make the case for historic tax reform that we intend to pursue in the fall".

To those ready to declare the GOP repeal-and-replace effort dead, the California Republican offered this advice: "Never put a period where there should be a comma".

The drama of the demise of the GOP-crafted health care bills in the Senate began earlier this week, when Sen. Few of them express any interest in seeing this bill, the skinny repeal/freedom bill, which at the very least would repeal the individual mandate, become law, because it would wreak havoc on insurance markets. "The status quo is unsustainable", said Sen. "Republicans made a promise to the American people to repeal and replace this failing law, and while many of us have worked to keep that promise, our efforts were unsuccessful".

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Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, who opposed the House health care plan, complained about the process and also pointed the finger at President Donald Trump.

While last votes are now scheduled to take place tomorrow, please be advised that-pending Senate action on healthcare-the House schedule is subject to change.

"I don't feel like we're in a war, but I feel like there's deep disappointment among House Republicans that we did our work and got a bill out and they failed". "As a matter of fact, it will continue to grow, but at a rate that is more sustainable so that we can afford it today and so that we can afford the Medicaid program in future generations".

His morning tweet is puzzling, since the Republican majority failed to even reach 51 votes to overhaul the nation's health care laws.

They headed home for a five-week summer recess having failed on a key policy goal they vowed to get done once they controlled Congress and the White House.

Typically, legislation in the Senate requires 60 votes or more to avoid a filibuster.

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But, as for the rest of the joint statement, it's a total letdown and reveals the scope of disagreements still remaining between House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.

He excoriated both parties for their partisan approach, and took a jab at Trump, who had badgered senators with veiled threats about political consequences for failing to vote for the repeal bill.

He added that "The leadership at the top is responsible".

However, a budget fight could hamper plans for tax reform.

The American Medical Association urged quick bipartisan congressional attention to "the shortcomings in the Affordable Care Act". Her counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer of NY, said after the votes that Democrats who resisted the GOP legislation "are not celebrating".

It shouldn't need to be said, but it is not wise to pass bills that you do not want to become law.

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McConnell called the most recent defeat "a disappointing moment". "I regret that our efforts were not enough, this time". The leader said the Senate would now move on to other legislative priorities while talks continued on a way forward on health care.

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