Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) on Wednesday said an unusual phrase while addressing how conservative and moderate Republicans can resolve their healthcare differences.
“Even porcupines make love,” he responded when asked about creating an Obamacare repeal bill that pleases both sides, according to The Hill.
Twitter users on Wednesday pounced on Roberts’ colorful remark, with many making fun of the analogy.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday reportedly delayed a vote on the upper chamber’s bill for repealing and replacing Obamacare until after the July 4 recess.
The controversial legislation has divided Republican senators, with some arguing it is too harsh on America’s healthcare system and others charging it does not repeal enough of Obamacare.
Roberts has previously stated he is leaning towards voting yes on the bill, reportedly calling it “the best path to immediate relief for patients in 2018” in a statement.
McConnell insisted Tuesday that the mission to repeal and replace Obamacare remains alive despite the delayed vote.
The Kentucky Republican can afford to lose only two GOP senators’ votes on the bill assuming all Democrats oppose it and Vice President Mike Pence then breaks a tie.
Nine Republican senators oppose the plan, according to The Hill’s whip list, while 17 more are undecided or unclear on the matter.