Two additional Republican senators came out against the Obamacare repeal bill Monday night — dealing a crucial blow to President Trump’s effort to dismantle President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) both released statements that said they cannot support the current version of the bill — leaving the GOP-controlled Senate without enough votes to pass it.
“After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Sen. Lee said in a statement.
Lee added that the bill did not do enough to lower premiums for middle class families.
Senator Mitch McConnell had delayed their consideration of a vote while Arizona’s John McCain recovered from surgery.
“We hope John McCain gets better very soon because we miss him,” President Trump said earlier on Monday. “He’s a crusty voice in Washington. Plus we need his vote.”
The addition of Senators Lee and Moran made it a total of four no votes on Republican side.