Bill Cassidy says Obamacare overhaul bill is close to 50 votes

September 15, 2017

Bill-CassidySen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said Friday that more senators have told him they support his proposal to overhaul Obamacare, bringing the total to as many as 49 votes.

The bill, which would be passed through reconciliation, would need 50 votes to pass, assuming a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence. Reconciliation is a budget measure that allows passage with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed to block a filibuster. The Senate faces a Sept. 30 deadline to use reconciliation, according to a recommendation by the Senate parliamentarian.

“I’m confident we’ll get there on the Republican side,” Cassidy said. “People are coming out and saying they are for it, either publicly or privately.”

He said that 48 or 49 senators support his amendment, introduced along with Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

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