Cotton: I hope we go back to health care next year

Cotton: I hope we go back to health care next year
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonOvernight Defense: Fallout from tense NATO summit | Senators push to block ZTE deal in defense bill | Blackwater founder makes new pitch for mercenaries to run Afghan war Hillicon Valley: DOJ appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | FBI agent testifies in heated hearing | Uproar after FCC changes rules on consumer complaints | Broadcom makes bid for another US company | Facebook under fire over conspiracy sites Hillicon Valley: Justice Department appeals AT&T-Time Warner ruling | New report on election security | FBI agent testifies in marathon hearing MORE (R-Ark.) said Sunday that he hopes the Senate revisits ObamaCare repeal next year after its tax-reform push.

“I hope next year that we return to health care, but right now I’m focused on this tax bill,” Cotton told CBS News’s “Face the Nation.”

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Cotton’s remark comes as the upper chamber pursues a proposal for tax reform, which last week passed through the Senate Finance Committee.

The House last week passed its own tax-reform legislation, which differs from the bill in the Senate. The Senate proposal includes a delay to the cut in the corporate tax rate, while the individual tax cuts are temporary.

The Senate bill includes the repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate, which Republicans have for years criticized as a tax.

The Senate failed several times this year to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a signature promise of President Trump’s campaign.

But the issue of the individual mandate has been thrust into the spotlight as the Senate weighs its tax-reform bill.