Will Republicans ever repeal Obamacare? Wicker hopes ‘in a day or two’

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi AP File

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, isn’t giving up on the Obamacare repeal, he said Tuesday, the day it became apparent the Senate doesn’t have the votes to pass it. Wicker and Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be quick to add a “yet” to that statement.

“I have voted consistently to repeal Obamacare,” Wicker said in a Fox Business interview that his staff sent out by email. “I want another chance to do it, and I am hoping for a chance in a day or two to do that again. I would like to vote for a motion that gets us to an open process. It would put a lot of us on record, and the people at home who put us in office would know where we stand.”

So far three GOP senators have said they won’t vote for the repeal. Wicker seems to believe their minds can be changed.

“Frankly, there are a lot of holdouts who still think we’re moving in the right direction. They think we made some progress over the weekend. People have been working with governors who have expressed reservations, and we think they are moving toward support, which would bring other people to a ‘yes.’ I have not given up, and I think there is a solution out there that can get 51 votes.”

Senate GOP whip John Cornyn told reporters that he believed that could happen sometime this week.

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