Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who has become one of the loudest voices in the Senate against the repeal and replace effort in the House, issued a warning to his colleagues on passing the bill.
Cotton said that the bill needs a lot of work in order to get the approval of the upper chamber. “the bill probably can be fixed, but it’s going to take a lot of carpentry on that framework,” Cotton told George Stephanopolous on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
The Arkansas Republican said that the bill as drafted cannot pass the U.S. Senate, and that it would have “adverse consequences for millions of Americans.”
He then warned his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives. “Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that cannot pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote,” the Senator said, suggesting that House members need to take a “pause.”
“I’m afraid that if they vote for this bill, they’re going to put the House majority at risk next year,” he added.
“We have majorities in the House and the Senate, and in the White House not only to repeal ObamaCare and get healthcare reform right, but to reform our taxes and our regulations and build up our military and accomplish many other things.”
Cotton believes that passage of a bill along the lines of what is currently being considered is going to risk the Republican majority in the House “on a bill that is not going to pass the Senate.”
He repeated something that he tweeted last week when he first started speaking out against the proposed legislation. “We need to get this right,” he said. “Not get it fast.”
Here is the entire clip: