The House is racing to find enough votes for its health-care bill this week, but even if it passes, prospects in the Senate have only darkened.
More than enough Senate Republicans oppose the House bill to kill it — with rival camps insisting on pulling the bill in opposite directions to meet their demands. With just a 52-48 majority, the bill would fail if three or more Republicans vote against it.
Republican leaders face a conundrum: If they move the bill to the right, moderates go running; move it to the left, and conservative opponents dig in.
“We’re not slowing down,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday. “We will reach a conclusion on health care next week.”
Whether Republicans would actually tank something they’ve promised for the past seven years is unclear. All of them say they want something to pass, although it’s not clear any have been swayed by the tweaks to the bill House leaders unveiled Monday evening.
A look at how Senate GOP opposition to the measure breaks down: