Cruz: GOP’s ‘Three-Bucket’ Repeal And Replace Plan ‘Ain’t Gonna Happen’

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2017 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican ranks in Congress are thick with hard-right lawmakers elected to thwart former Pres... FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2017 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, departs the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican ranks in Congress are thick with hard-right lawmakers elected to thwart former President Barack Obama and light on nuts-and-bolts legislators, especially those experienced in working with a GOP president. That could prove to be a formidable challenge as Republicans transition from an opposition party to a governing one. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) MORE LESS
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said on Sunday that House Republicans’ “three-bucket solution” to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act “ain’t gonna happen.”

“The President and the House Speaker say that’s going to happen, it’s going to be a two-step process,” CBS’ John Dickerson began. “You’re chuckling.”

“That ain’t gonna happen,” Cruz said. “It’s their so-called three-bucket solution, which is all the good stuff is in bucket three.”

He said that “bucket three” would take “eight Democrats” to pass.

“Right now, Senate Democrats are opposing everything. You can’t get eight Senate Democrats to agree on saying good morning,” Cruz said. “I’ve called bucket three the sucker’s bucket, and what I have been urging the President and the administration and leaders in both houses, take everything in bucket three, put it in bucket one.”

On Tuesday, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) also threw cold water on remarks from top Republicans that the repeal bill is just one of three phases in their plan.

“There is no three-phase process. There is no three-step plan,” he said. “That is just political talk. It’s just politicians engaging in spin.”

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