Feeling the pressure from both President Trump and Vice President Pence, Sen. Lindsey Graham has predicted he will get 50 Republican votes, and the bill will pass.
From The Hill:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is predicting he will get enough votes on his bill to repeal ObamaCare and says House leadership has pledged they would also pass it.
“I really believe we’re going to get 50 Republican votes,” Graham told reporters after a closed-door GOP caucus lunch on Tuesday. “I’ve never felt better about where we’re at.”
He added that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has told him that if “you pass it, we pass it.”
Graham’s bullish tone comes as he and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are trying to win over enough support for their bill that would repeal and replace much of ObamaCare.
The White House and Ryan have thrown their weight behind the bill as lawmakers are facing an end-of-the-month deadline to pass a repeal bill with a simple majority and avoid a Democratic filibuster.
An ObamaCare repeal bill couldn’t pass the Senate if Republicans needed 60 votes, including the support of at least eight Democrats.
Both Graham and Cassidy have said they have roughly 48 GOP senators willing to support their bill.