The block-grant proposal at the center of Cassidy-Graham is astoundingly unpopular.
The statement marks McConnell's most concrete commitment yet to moving ahead with the bill from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.).
Together, 21 GOP lawmakers from California and New York voted for the American Health Care Act in May, and a threshold question for considering Graham-Cassidy's prospects is to wonder how many of them will be willing to vote to blow a hole in their state's health care budget.
The notice angered Democrats, who planned to use the complete figures to hammer the legislation.
But the committee does not have jurisdiction over health-care legislation.
The would prefer the new senator to be chosen by whoever is elected to replace Christie in November.
“It was not me, and it’s not going to happen again,” Cruz said.
Meanwhile, a key moderate Republican says he'll push for his bipartisan DACA fix only as “a last resort."
One lawmaker called the bill “generational theft” because it's packaged with a debt-ceiling increase and short-term government funding.