Change Senate rules to speed up health care, tax reform bills
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 16:25
"Dems (Democrats) would do it, no doubt!"
The filibuster is a procedural tool in the Senate that allows for endless debate on a topic. He presumably means changing rules to scrap the use of the legislative filibuster, which requires 60 votes for a bill to advance.
The Senate's final version of its bill on health insurance reform will not be a total repeal of Obamacare, according to two GOP senators from Iowa, The Gazette reported.
The stalling of Trump's agenda is, in large part, due to conflict within the Republican Party, as opposed to opposition from Democrats.
House Republicans advanced Wednesday their spending plan for North Carolina state government, which includes teacher and state employee pay increases that put the measure increasingly at odds with the Senate GOP's rival budget proposal.
Democrats, when they were in power in the Senate, ended the filibuster on confirming executive branch appointments and most judges in 2013, while Republicans ended the filibuster for Supreme Court justices earlier this year.
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both active players in the health care debate, admitted that completely repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act doesn't look like it's going to be in the cards.
A group of more than a dozen Republican Senators was expected to intensify private talks over the holiday weekend about possible bill provisions. "We'll get it done by the end of July at the latest".
"I wish that we could repeal it fully and figure out a different way forward", Ernst told the gathering. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" he wrote. Such plans often can be dirt-cheap, but they offer so few benefits that the recent Congressional Budget Office score on the Republicans' American Health Care Act said such coverage basically amounted to no coverage at all.
Republicans have invested months of effort in using the reconciliation maneuver, which brings particular complications because it is tied to the budget process and limits the scope of what can be considered. Under this mechanism, the Senate can approve the health care bill with just 51 yeas-a reality untouched by the legislative filibuster or how the majority might change it.
Still, key GOP senators have signaled the plan they will craft will have major differences from the House proposal.