Kansas House approves school aid plan some call insufficient
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 13:20
The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. He also indicated he could be a "no" vote on Senate health-care legislation if a palatable Medicaid solution can't be reached.
For weeks now, Republicans senators have been openly critical of having to deal with the House GOP bill.
The budget office said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage. To avoid a filibuster, Senate Republicans plan to take the bill up under budget reconciliation rules, which only require a majority vote, but it means the legislation can not increase the federal deficit within a 10-year window. Under those rules, all elements of the bill must have a direct budgetary impact or else they must be stricken from the legislation. Since it does nothing to ease concerns of more than a half-dozen GOP senators, it could encourage them to simply ditch the House plan in favor of a vastly different approach.
"The real hard issue that we'll have to deal with next week will have to be the tax issue as to how much do we need to both stabilize and balance the budget and fund a school finance bill", said Senate Majority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka. The previous version of the bill was estimated to have caused about 2 million more people to become uninsured in 2020.
Alternating between angry and occasionally on the verge of tears when speaking about his dyslexic son, Huberty said on the House floor Wednesday that the Senate "stripped the bill of all the solid policy work". Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.
"One of the reasons I voted for this in the House was to keep the process alive so we could do reform", Issa said.
For now, the upper chamber is focused on an agreement that can satisfy 96 percent of its members (plus Vice President Mike Pence as a tiebreaker if needed).
The reality that the House bill can not win enough senators' support at least offers a fresh opening for Portman, even among his conservative colleagues who want to wipe Obamacare entirely from the books.
Burkett and other House conservatives argued that a baby's body parts should never be used as a commodity, and said the legislation would ensure it is not possible for an organization to profit from collecting and selling baby body parts without affecting life-saving research.
Trump and his fellow Republicans in Congress want to cut tax rates across the board, but a House of Representatives proposal to use the tax code to boost exports and discourage imports has split the business community and some lawmakers.
The Democratic opposition, meanwhile, emphasized the negative consequences for people in light of the CBO analysis, focusing particularly on the loss of coverage for tens of millions of citizens.
Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, debates Senator Judith Zaffirini who eventually wins passage in the Senate of her bill to ban texting while driving as legislators work at the Texas Capitol on May 19, 2017.