“It’s another little speed bump in the road, I guess you could say. You just kind of have to play the hand you’re dealt,” said Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
For Republican senators, it is a moment of reckoning with an unpredictable president, whom most supported in the election and have championed in office. Many said the Comey firing caught them by surprise. And while it looked for months as though the health-care push might fizzle in the House, Trump and others revived it, leaving the Senate to pick up the baton in a contentious effort to undo key parts of the law known as Obamacare.
Either task on its own would be challenging. Trying to do both has left some Republicans speechless…
“I’m finding more of the Republicans who are saying privately and quietly that this is worth looking into,” said Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.). “It is worth investigating.”