Federal Relations


July 27, 2017

Straight Repeal Fails, More Votes Expected During a Long Day

After defeating a repeal-and-replace measure during the first day of debate, the Senate turned down yesterday a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 45- 54. A myriad of alternatives and amendments are expected to be voted on as the Senate continues its consideration, including a “skinny” repeal, the details of which are…

July 26, 2017

Senate Starts Debate on Healthcare Legislation

After agreeing to start debate on healthcare yesterday by a vote of 51-50, a vote on which Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote, the Senate turned back the first option it considered by a vote of 43-57, with nine Republicans joining all 48 Democrats to oppose the measure. According to the rules governing this…

July 25, 2017

Senate to Vote on “Motion to Proceed” as McCain Returns to Washington

The Senate Republican leadership has decided to schedule a vote on a “motion to proceed” on the healthcare legislation for later this afternoon.  Many observers view the decision by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to return to Washington to vote as a positive sign for those pushing to start debate on a healthcare bill.  However, the…

July 24, 2017

Senate Attempts to Move Forward on Healthcare

Later this week, including as soon as tomorrow, the Senate Republican leadership will attempt to move forward on its attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as they try to gather enough votes among Republicans to start floor debate on the issue.  Complicating matters is the fact that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is still in…

July 19, 2017

Repeal of ACA Would Lead to 32 Million More Uninsured

An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) of a Senate Republican plan to essentially repeal most of the current provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement shows that it would increase the number of uninsured individuals by 32 million by 2026. The same CBO review projects that individual premiums would increase…

July 18, 2017

Repeal Now, Replace Later?

Yesterday evening, two more Republican Senators– Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas– jointly announced their opposition to the Senate healthcare bill that was being push forward by the Republican leadership.  Their statements increased the number of Senate Republicans opposing the bill to four, with Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky…

July 16, 2017

Senate Floor Action on Healthcare Bill Delayed

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced late Saturday that the Senate consideration of the revised healthcare legislation will be postponed.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had a blood clot removed on Friday and is not expected to return to the Senate the week of July 17.  With two members who have already publicly declared their opposition…

July 13, 2017

Text of New Senate Healthcare Bill Released

As expected, the Senate Republicans released earlier today the text of the revised version of their healthcare legislation.  The bill language is available here. It is unclear at this point whether this version will generate enough support for passage.  The previous version had to be pulled from consideration because of too much opposition from within the Republican…

July 10, 2017

Congress Returns to Town

After its July Fourth recess, Congress returns to Washington for three weeks before leaving town for a scheduled five-week August recess. The Senate Republicans are still trying to address intra-party differences on a “repeal and replace” healthcare bill.  In the House, the Appropriations Committee continues to press forward on its versions of FY2018 spending bills even…

June 27, 2017

No Vote This Week on Senate Healthcare Bill

On Tuesday, the Senate Republican leadership postponed a vote on its healthcare legislation until at least after the chamber returns from its week-long July 4th recess.

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