Speaker Ryan 'frustrated' by Senate health vote

Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. meets with reporters in Washington on July 27, 2017, as the Republican majority in Congress remains stymied by their inability to fulfill their political promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's "disappointed and frustrated" by the failure of health care legislation in the Senate.

But Ryan says "we should not give up" after promising for years to repeal and replace the Affordable Cara Act, often referred to as "Obamacare."

At the same time, the speaker says in a statement Friday that overhauling the tax code is at the top of the House's list of priorities. He pledged to pursue "historic tax reform" in the fall.

He issued his statement as the House prepared to leave Washington for its annual August recess.

The House passed legislation repealing and replacing "Obamacare" in May. But after a failed vote early Friday in the Senate, it's not clear GOP leaders will be able to resuscitate the efforts.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., called the "failure" of the GOP health care overhaul Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's responsibility. He said Friday on CNN that McConnell should press the Senate to pass a rewrite of President Barack Obama's signature law — or step aside.

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has taken comfort in the Senate's defeat of the measure aimed at scaling back, or partially repealing, "Obamacare".

"Now, Congress must finally pivot to the long overdue bipartisan work to update and improve the Affordable Care Act and to continue to lower Americans' health costs," Pelosi said in a statement.

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