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"The short answer to the question is that I haven't seen it either".

"I'll let Sen. McConnell determine the Senate schedule and run the Senate that he sees fit", Spicer said.

How things change. Today, McConnell is the majority leader, and he is overseeing a massive rewrite of US health care law.

Separately, the White House plans to privately negotiate a massive overhaul of the tax system with Republican leaders in Congress, possibly giving rank-and-file members little if any say over the finished product, said Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic aide.

"I'm sure the Russians have been able to hack in and gotten most of it".

Though McConnell did not schedule the vote for next week, some Republicans said they believed he would hold it either way. "We're united in our belief that the American people deserve better than Obamacare's unsustainable status quo".

Most Republicans said they were waiting until the text was released to say whether they would support the bill. That would bypass the usual 60-vote threshold and keep Democrats from blocking the measure.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced that the Senate parliamentarian cleared the House GOP's repeal bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), for Senate consideration under reconciliation.

The Senate is set to vote on the bill on June 30.

"This is like a really big deal to get this right for the country", Murkowski told reporters. "I say to the Republican leadership: What are you afraid of?" Doesn't that worry you as a reporter?

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Many GOP senators, however, remain skeptical of the party's approach.

"It might be time to get the copier out", he said.

The Hill reported that the additional funding for opioid programs that GOP senators were considering as a way of blunting the bill's Medicaid cuts was likely to be axed. Opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans disapprove of the bill to replace Obamacare which has passed the House of Representative and awaiting Senate consideration. Conservatives believe that in order to do that, Senate Republicans need to repeal numerous Obamacare regulations including community rating, which bars insurers from charging people with pre-existing conditions more for their health care coverage.

Asked if the public would have time to review the bill between Thursday and a vote next week, McConnell replied: "Oh, they'll have plenty of time". Federal Medicaid expansion dollars have allowed key states to boost their response to the opioid crisis, paying for medication, counseling, therapy and other services.

"The Senate will soon have a chance to turn the page on this failed law", said the Kentucky Republican. "That for me is a nonstarter".

The GOP also must navigate abortion policy.

In a Facebook chat this morning, Rubio echoed that point but he also seemed to defend the process in which the bill has been crafted, saying most legislation is written behind closed doors.

Many Democratic lawmakers are complaining that the Senate Republicans lack transparency when it comes to the bill.

McConnell has been quietly leading Republicans' to a vote next week but that doesn't mean it's going to pass.


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