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Senate pushes for healthcare vote by end of the month

18 Juin 2017

"We're going to have a vote one way or the other", he said.

Although encouraged by the meeting, many GOP senators did not appear ready to embrace the budding plan. "Well, let me suggest to you that we can't afford not to change our health care policies at a time like this".

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered only vague optimism for meeting Trump's lofty goal.

That said, there are just 18 days until the week-long Fourth of July recess, and 31 days until the five-week-long August recess. Therefore, the legislative vehicle has still not officially been delivered to the Senate from the House.

And now, Democrats are taunting them from across the political aisle: Come work with us. And so now is the time to start coming up with some tangible alternatives and building consensus.

Republicans on Capitol Hill largely ignored the budget request sent last month from the Trump administration. Both could balk at the more modest Medicaid cuts and the maintenance of certain taxes; they've already been cagey about where they now stand on the bill. It's unclear when a physical draft of the bill will be produced.

Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, a member of the Republican leadership team, said senators are discussing a rollback of Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans, but not as abruptly as the House bill, H.R. 1628. That would take several more weeks, or possibly even months.

McConnell has made it increasingly clear to his members that his preference is to deal with the issue before July to avoid weighing down the rest of Republicans' agenda. Conservatives are sure to oppose this idea. Plans to defund Planned Parenthood also risk the votes of a pair of pro-choice female Republican senators. Some have openly doubted that the talks are leading anywhere positive.

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., a key moderate in the GOP's health debate, said that he was more optimistic about the Senate plan than he had been. Over the Memorial Day recess, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen.

McCaskill began her commentary by asking Senator Orrin Hatch, the chair, if there would be a hearing held on the current version of the healthcare bill. Current funding runs out September 30, and many Republicans are hoping to enact spending cuts, which could complicate the process. John Cornyn (R-TX), referring to the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare.

Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) is "dead on arrival" in the Senate because he said, "It's not a good plan".

McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. Experts have been working to craft a number of policy options that lawmakers can mix-and-match to create a final policy outline.

So Senate Republicans were not busying themselves pushing through legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (colloquially known as Obamacare) during Comey's highly-anticipated testimony, which was his first public appearance since he was sacked by President Donald Trump on 9 May 2017. Lindsey Graham(R-S.C.) told reporters: "I'm very leery of a healthcare bill passing the Senate that can get through the House". In the event of a 50-50 vote, Vice President Mike Pence would cast the tiebreaker.

The proposal offered by House GOP leaders would lessen the Senate's proposed state spending levels by $66 million in the health department, $19 million in higher education, $18 million in corrections, $13 million in the Department of Children and Family Services and $6 million in the state police.

But Republicans haven't blinked an eye and continue to attribute any issues with the law to the Democrats' refusal to work across the aisle on solutions to fix it - despite the GOP's insistence on using the budget reconciliation process, which only requires majority support for passage in the Senate, to repeal large chunks of the law. "Big meeting today with Republican leadership concerning Tax Cuts and Healthcare".

Senate pushes for healthcare vote by end of the month