With Senate done, House ready to debate budget ideas

State Senator Paul Bettencourt, of Houston, wrote the legislation which passed both Houses unanimously.

It's a step forward but it doesn't mean Republicans have reached any consensus yet.

Three weeks after the House narrowly approved the measure with GOP-only votes and after several embarrassing setbacks, Republican senators said they'd move in their own direction and dismissed the report's impact.

Opponents say, although Republicans have expanded access to their health care discussions, their initial decision to name an all-male roster raises red flags.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today that he has appointed Steve Ready of Norton Healthcare in Louisville to serve on the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee which is within the executive branch and established by the 21st Century Cures Act. "I just don't know if we can get the other folks" on the right, Portman said. "But that's the goal", he told Reuters.

Senate Republican staff will be working on a draft version of the Senate's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation during the upcoming recess, according to multiple senators. "Twenty-three million people losing their health care, that's a good place to start". Early a little of a surprise to the president who wouldn't have thought health care could be so complicated. "Those issues they fight for in every appropriations meeting. We're working on something", Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.

Still, Abbott maintains there is time to get bills passed.

"There's a lot of sticking points", said Sen. Those bills are awaiting consideration by a House committee. He says the House bill allocated an additional $2 billion for schools but the Senate version cut that back to a $500 million increase.

For ill people in those states, "it would become more difficult" for seriously ill people to buy insurance "because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly", the report said.

Senate Bill 5 would add options for voters who say they can not "reasonably" obtain one of seven forms of required ID, and it would create criminal penalties - which House members reduced on Tuesday - for those who falsely claim they need to choose from the expanded list of options. Erica Smith-Ingram's district, and would affect mostly low-income, African-American students.

Other amendments the Senate tacked onto HB 22 would ensure that all schools and districts can mathematically receive an A and would establish a state commission to study school finance, which was originally a separate Senate bill that died in the House. Since the last school finance bill of 1992, the state has cut taxes 15 times, he said. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., who wants to see the Medicaid expansion preserved. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon.

"So we want to do what's right for the people of West Virginia". President Donald Trump has advocated letting the insurance marketplace collapse, and he supports halting federal payments, known as cost-sharing reduction subsidies to insurers to help the implosion happen.

Tuck said the House is waiting on the Senate to appoint a conference committee on oil taxes.

"How do we know that the most vulnerable 25 percent are receiving the funding that we're providing?" she said.

Republicans are starting to express concern about the lack of progress.

"We're a long ways from that", said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, who could face a hard re-election fight in 2018.

  • Larry Hoffman