Tuesday, February 13, 2018

McConnell Bows to Schumer: Budget Contains No Reconciliation Instructions for Obamacare Repeal

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) a gift with the passage of the budget on Friday: the budget contains no reconciliation instructions for Obamacare repeal.
The two-year, $300 billion budget known as the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 contains no reconciliation instructions for Obamacare repeal. Budgetary reconciliation allows Republicans to pass legislation using only a simple majority in the Senate.
The Republican-controlled Congress used budgetary reconciliation to attempt to repeal Obamacare with the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Senate-blocked Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), as well as Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) Graham-Cassidy Obamacare block grant repeal bill.
Republicans in Congress successfully used reconciliation to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which featured significant tax cuts for small businesses and middle-class families.
The budget confirmed rumors that McConnell and the rest of Republican leadership planned to abandon Obamacare repeal in 2018.
Read the rest from Sean Moran HERE.

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