Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), a top partner of President Trump, conceded Thursday that he didn’t read the whole content of the GOP’s healthcare bill that passed before in the day — yet said his staff did.
“I will fully admit, Wolf, I did not, but I can also assure you my staff did,” Collins told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“You know, I have to rely on my staff, and I can probably tell you that I read every word and I wouldn’t be telling you the truth, nor would any other member,” he proceeded.
“We rely on our staff, and we rely on our committees, and I’m comfortable that I understand this bill in its entirety, Wolf, without pouring through every word, and I’m just quite honest. That’s the way it is,” he said. Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) immediately trolled Collins on Twitter after Collins had conceded he didn’t read the altered bill completely.
House Republicans effectively passed the American Health Care Act by a limited 217-213 vote Thursday. The legislation replaces certain ObamaCare provisions.
No House Democrats upheld the bill, and many freely hammered it as “abominable” and a “tax cut for millionaires.” Twenty Republicans broke with their gathering to contradict the bill.
Trump and GOP pioneers took a triumph lap amid an occasion at the White House Rose Garden taking after the bill’s section Thursday, with Trump voicing certainty that it would move toward becoming law regardless of obstacles in the Senate.