Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Tuesday the Senate is unprepared for a vote on healthcare, despite the looming July 4 deadline.
"Well we're not there yet. In the Senate, we've got a really narrow majority, 52 Republicans, we've got to get at least 50 on the same page. We're not there yet," Cruz said on Fox News.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on Fox News Monday that the deadline to pass healthcare reform before the July 4 recess was "pretty quick," but that "we're trying," according to The Washington Times.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that "The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law," and that Senate Republicans have had "many productive discussions," and that "We have to act, and we are," according to the Chicago Tribune.
"The working group started with a small group of six senators, that Lamar Alexander and I brought together, and have been talking about this for many months, working to get to common ground, the current draft doesn't do nearly enough to bring down premiums," Cruz continued. "But I think if we focus on lowering premiums we can bring together conservatives, we can bring together moderates, we can unify Republicans and actually fulfill the mandate the American people sent us here to do."
He added, "In my view there are four big priorities in 2017: repeal Obamacare, fundamental tax reform, major reg reform and the Supreme Court."
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