Behind the Scenes Efforts to “Flip” Senate Votes
Several news sources are reporting that Senator McConnell continues to apply pressure to Senators who are resistant to vote “yes” on BCRA. The NYT provided a list on Wednesday of the current positions in the Senate (article link HERE ). According to Talking Points Memo, McConnell is focusing on ten Senators who were most vocal in their opposition in the last week ( link to article HERE ). They describe the probable “wish list” for each of these Senators. The Washington Post outlines similar behind the scenes negotiating, but sees this as an attempt to revise parts of the bill to get a new CBO score prior to voting again in mid-July (link HERE ).
Regardless of the strategy, it is clear that BRCA is not dead yet. Marches and protests continue in Washington and at the offices of Senators. If anything was learned after passage of the AHCA, it is that zombie bills can rise again.