U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says he will schedule a vote Tuesday on whether to open debate on healthcare overhaul, calling Obamacare a ''failed left-wing experiment.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday he will schedule a vote on whether to open debate on a healthcare overhaul in the afternoon. "Today's vote to begin debate is the first step, and we should take it," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "Any senator who votes against starting debate is telling America that you're just fine with the Obamcare nightmare." A loss would force Senate Republican leaders, who have struggled to amass support for their version of an overhaul, to find another strategy or move on to other legislative matters. President Donald Trump has been increasingly critical of Republican senators for being unable to pass a bill. He kept up the pressure on Tuesday in a series of early-morning tweets, after chastising them at a White House event on Monday.