Iowa's GOP senators cast doubt on health care law repeal

Iowa's GOP senators cast doubt on health care law repeal

Iowa's GOP senators cast doubt on health care law repeal

President Trump on Tuesday urged the Senate to ditch the filibuster rule and allow a simple majority vote so he could get his legislative priorities through the chamber "fast and easy".

Taking the border adjustment tax and business interest changes off the table leaves the House GOP plan about $2 trillion in the hole, and "the Trump administration has taken more items off the table", too. A filibuster can only be ended if 60 senators, an exceptionally high number, agree to cease debate on an issue.

As Republican senators prepare to field questions about the House's healthcare bill, they also face the sobering challenge of crafting a version that appeases their party's divergent factions.

President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the Senate should use the nuclear option to pass health care and tax reform.

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Dan Patrick , are pushing Abbott to add bills including the so-called "bathroom bill" to a special session agenda. When Abbott was asked if he was feeling any pressure from Patrick on a special session, he said "None".

"The core of the Senate is the legislative filibuster", McConnell told USA Today in early April.

She also pointed to Mr. McConnell's statement last month that the Senate wasn't interested in ending filibusters for legislation, as it did when it changed its procedures in order to confirm Supreme Court justices with a simple majority. "He wants to see things move through the House and the Senate, especially when you've got a majority of support, and people to stop playing games".

Republicans have instead opted to try to pass tax reform and health care through a process known as reconciliation, which applies to budgetary measures and only requires 51 votes. The Hill quoted Trump as saying at the time.

The GOP plan now rests on a repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, and much of the spending associated with it, and a new set of provisions offering financial assistance and incentives for people to obtain health coverage. Donald Trump doesn't seem to be one of them.

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