The End! A months-long effort by Senate Republicans to pass health legislation collapsed early Friday after GOP Senator John McCain joined two of his colleagues to block a stripped-down Obamacare repeal bill. "I regret that our efforts were simply not enough, this time," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the Senate floor after the vote. "This is clearly a disappointing moment." "It's time to move on," he added after pulling the bill from the floor. The decision by McCain to vote no came after weeks of brinkmanship and after his dramatic return from cancer treatment to cast the 50th vote to start debate on the bill earlier this week. The GOP's 'skinny' repeal bill was defeated 49-51, falling just short of the 50 votes needed to advance it. Republicans Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also voted against it. It wasn't immediately clear what the next steps would be for the Republicans. The repeal effort had appeared to collapse several times before, only to be revived. Several Republicans pleaded for their colleagues not to give up, even as President Donald Trump blasted the vote.
Todd Starnes sat down with Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL), who said he is not too happy with what happened in the Senate last night. The Congressman went on to urge the Senate to not quit & work 24-7 until we get America's healthcare right. (@2:20)
Here are some other highlights:
On Mitch McConnell: If the Senate can't get the job done Mitch McConnell should quit. (@2:37)
Is this on Trump?: Collectively this is all the Republicans responsibility.(@3:30) He also said the President's agenda is dead unless the 60 percent rule is changed! (@5:10)
On AG Jeff Sessions: It's Troubling Trump is treating Sessions like a Pinata! (@7:50)
On Scaramucci: He is off the map! He does not add stability & friendship in the White House. " I would fire him just from that one interview, but keep in mind I am from Alabama" (@11:37)