McCarthy: ‘We’ll Have The Votes’ When We Bring Obamacare Repeal To Floor

March 23, 2017 4:29 pm

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Thursday that Republicans will “have the votes” to pass their bill repealing and replacing Obamacare when they bring the legislation to the House floor.

“It’s our hope that we’d be voting tomorrow after debate,” McCarthy told CNN’s Dana Bash. “If we vote tomorrow it’d be a very good thing.”

He said that Republicans will be “prepared to move forward tomorrow.”

“Look, we’re going to get this done,” McCarthy said.

“What if you don’t?” Bash asked.

“Well, I know we’ll get this done,” McCarthy said. “When we bring it to the floor, we’ll have the votes, and we’re going to get this done.”

“Right now that will be tomorrow morning?” Bash pressed.

“Well, we’ll start the debate tomorrow morning,” McCarthy said.

The White House insisted on Thursday that it remained optimistic about the bill’s chances amid reports that the vote would be delayed until Friday at the earliest as Republican leaders scrambled to secure enough votes to pass it.

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