After a week of debate, Senate Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act thanks to a few of their own who defected and voted in the best interests of the American people instead of President Trump’s agenda. Following the defeat of their last ditch effort, dubbed the “skinny repeal,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement saying it was time to “move on.”
According to CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan was overheard in a closed-door meeting on Friday calling the House — which narrowly passed a bill repealing the ACA in May — the only functioning chamber of Congress.
A colleague who was in the meeting with Ryan summarized the Speaker’s remarks as follows:
‘Essentially, we are the functioning chamber. We did our work. This one is on them.’
Ryan later released the following statement, which features the same message with slightly gentler language.
‘While the House delivered a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, unfortunately the Senate was unable to reach a consensus. I am disappointed and frustrated, but we should not give up. I encourage the Senate to continue working toward a real solution that keeps our promise.’
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama) attacked McConnell specifically for failing to lobby enough votes to get the ACA repealed. Brooks even went so far as to call for McConnell to resign.
‘If he wants to quit and move on, fine, he should resign from the leadership and let some bold new conservative leadership take over.’
Brooks was eager to place blame on McConnell, but another Alabama Republican, Rep. Bradley Byrne, chalked the Senate’s failure up to an “institutional problem.”
‘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. Any I’m not pointing my finger at any one person, I think this is an institutional problem for the Senate.’
Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-North Carolina) said that McConnell’s call for Congress to “move on” is “unacceptable.”
‘Unacceptable, they can’t move on. We’ve got to get this done.’
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) echoed Hudson’s statement during an interview with Fox & Friends on Friday. He also criticized the Senate for not being able to come up with a better plan than the skinny repeal.
‘Our problem is that for seven years we’ve been telling folks what we’re against and what we’re opposed to and then we’ve had seven months to govern and the best we can come up with is a skinny plan on 24 hours notice?’
Clearly, House Republicans are not pleased with the Senate’s inability to move forward on health care reform. At least the congressmen mentioned above didn’t start threatening female Senators like some of their colleagues did earlier this week.
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