With his reputation as a master strategist on the line, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out a timetable for Senate consideration of legislation that would fulfill the Republican president's campaign promise to dismantle the Obamacare law.
"This is a decision week for the health care bill, I think by the end of the week we will know whether Republicans have the votes, or whether they are going to need to abandon this effort", Murphy said.
But late last month dissent in his own party forced him to delay the vote. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would allow any health insurance company to offer insurance plans that don't comply with Obamacare in a state if they're offering at least one that does comply with the health care law. McConnell decided not to call a vote on the measure before the Senate's break for the July Fourth holiday as it appeared not to have enough Republican support.
The move comes as Senate Republicans grow increasingly doubtful about their ability to pass a comprehensive package to repeal Obamacare, as hardline conservatives like Sen.
It's "almost impossible to try to solve when you're trying to do it with 51 votes in the United States Senate, in which there is not significant consensus on what the final result ought to be", Sen. The Senate now has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
"The message is very clear ... we've got some very important issues to get resolved", Perdue said in a Tuesday press conference before McConnell's announcement.
Few Republicans on Capitol Hill believe a repeal bill could pass Congress without a replacement.
Congress is beginning a three-week sprint toward its traditional five-week August recess, which some lawmakers have suggested should be shortened or even canceled if they can't get health care done first, though that's unlikely to happen.
Increases would mostly effect people who don't get subsidies, which are created to increase with premiums. Twenty-one people were arrested in the House Office Building, and 59 people were arrested from the Senate Office Building.
The effort has gained steam in recent days as the Senate GOP healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, seems stuck in place. Paul said if the Cruz language is included in the bill in exchange for retaining that money, "this is a tradeoff that I'm not necessarily willing to take". Vice President Mike Pence endorsed the amendment Monday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show.