Senate GOP Abandon Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort

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from MSNBC,

Short on votes and time, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving on from health care for now and turning his conference’s attention to its next big legislative priority: tax reform.

Abandoning health care is a major disappointment for a party that has campaigned on the issue for three election cycles and made it its top legislative priority after gaining control of the White House in January. Republicans, in need of a major legislative victory, are now placing their emphasis on the urgency of passing tax reform.

Republican senators decided during their weekly conference lunch on Tuesday to avoid a public defeat and not put a health care measure that was a sure loser up for a vote, with three GOP senators explicitly against it and others wavering.

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