Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) to fill the late John McCain's senate seat. Photo: Zach Gibson via Getty Images
Congressional Republicans won’t try again to repeal the Affordable Care Act before midterm elections, even though the late Sen. John McCain — who voted against the last effort — has since been replaced by Sen. Jon Kyl, who says he would support repeal, AP reports.
The big picture: This should not surprise you. Senate Republicans still don’t have the votes even with Kyl, and it would be political malpractice to take such an unpopular vote so close to the elections. But now it’s on the record. So we can talk about something else for a while.