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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters about proposed legislation to repeal Obamacare, after the weekly Republican caucus policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. September 19, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC187E9A07F0

Senate Republicans say they’ll push ahead with plan to repeal Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring up a GOP health care bill on the Senate floor next week.

That’s according to McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp.

The legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would repeal central elements of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. State would get block grants instead.

Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering.

McConnell has been short of votes for the legislation and it remains unclear if he has the votes in hand to pass the measure.

Popp’s statement said: “It is the leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week.”

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