June 29, 2017
Senate Republican leaders are trying to send a revised version of their healthcare bill to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) by Friday, so its impact can be assessed.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had originally been aiming to hold a vote on the measure to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. But he was forced to change his schedule in the face of growing opposition from members of his own party.
Mr McConnell is now under pressure to get the Republicans’ healthcare overhaul passed before Congress’s August recess – as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer works to keep the Democrats mobilised to defeat the legislation.
The majority leader is apparently trying to move quickly so that the nonpartisan CBO has time to measure the revised bill’s impact on coverage levels and federal spending by the time senators return to Washington DC in mid-July after the 4 July recess.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:44 am