Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, rips Congress | Trump plan would cut legal immigration | Senate confirms labor board pick | House Budget chair running for governor | Regulator takes step to change ‘Volcker Rule’ House Dem on Statue of Liberty: ‘She persisted’ Senate GOP eyes end to August session MORE (R-Ky.) looked to rally Republicans on Saturday in the wake of the Senate GOP’s failure to pass an ObamaCare repeal bill last week.
“I choose not to dwell on situations where we come up a little bit short,” McConnell said during a surprise appearance at a Republican event in Kentucky, according to local radio station WFPL.
“Even on the night when we came up one vote short of our dream to repeal and replace Obamacare, here’s the first thing I thought about: feel better, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonCongress wants Trump Jr. phone records related to Russia meeting Zuckerberg hires top Clinton pollster amid rumors of presidential run: report Democrats’ new ‘Better Deal’ comes up short for people of color MORE could be president,” he added.
McConnell’s comments come as lawmakers have returned to their home districts for the August recess after Senate GOP efforts to fulfill their seven-year campaign promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare collapsed last week in the Senate, with a scaled-down repeal bill narrowly failing.
President Trump has recently pushed Senate Republicans to abolish the legislative filibuster and bring back efforts to repeal and replace the 2010 healthcare law, however Republicans appear poised to move on to other issues such as tax reform.
McConnell on healthcare failure: ‘Feel better, Hillary Clinton could be president’