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McConnell's 2018 agenda clashes with other Republicans

McConnell's 2018 agenda clashes with other Republicans

In a briefing on capitol hill on Friday, the Kentucky Senator touted the recent success in passing the tax reform bill, saying the process brought republicans of all stripes, as well as the administration together.

Forget it, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said today (Dec. 21) at an Axios event in Washington, DC. Any major upcoming bills will need to get a 60 vote majority in the Senate, however, meaning they need support from Democrats.

Asked whether Democrats in the Senate would work with Republicans going forward on other issues, Warner said the tax bill "has left me and others bitterly disappointed".

However, Mr. McConnell Thursday said the opposition to such reform would render it infeasible. That lead will shrink to 51-49 when Doug Jones, of Alabama, is seated, which makes a full repeal even less likely. "I don't think most of our Democratic colleagues want to do nothing".

Not all Republicans in the Senate are willing to abandon a full ACA repeal or Medicaid reform, however. Sen.

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"To those who believe - including Senate Republican leadership - that in 2018 there will not be another effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare - you are sadly mistaken", Graham said in a statement, adding later, "I'm fully committed to Repealing and Replacing Obamacare in 2018 by block-granting the money back to the states and away from Washington bureaucrats who are completely unaccountable to the patients of America".

He said that the tax bill "takes the heart" out of the ACA anyway, as it repeals the law's individual mandate.

Graham said that change is not enough. The hastily-passed tax bill was "the single most disappointing piece of legislation I've been involved in" in my eight years in the Senate, Mark Warner, the Democrat from Virginia, said at the same event.

On entitlements, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a radio interview the House would be working to reform health care entitlements in 2018, calling them "the big drivers of our debt".