Senate GOP pushes for CLASS repeal

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Even before the CLASS Act was included in the healthcare bill, experts warned that it would eventually become a drain on tax revenue. The Health and Human Services Department recently said it could not find a way to make the program solvent and would not implement it.

Thune offered a unanimous consent request Wednesday to repeal CLASS. Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerOvernight Tech: Trump nominates Dem to FCC | Facebook pulls suspected baseball gunman's pages | Uber board member resigns after sexist comment Trump nominates former FCC Dem for another term Obama to preserve torture report in presidential papers MORE (D-W.V.) objected, saying Congress should spend its time addressing the real problems presented by long-term care.

“Those who are gloating today … are not the fiscal heroes they make themselves out to be,” Rockefeller said.

The White House and many House Democrats also oppose repealing CLASS.

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFrustrated Dems say Obama botched Russia response Coats: Trump seemed obsessed with Russia probe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Ariz.) said “some misplaced pride in authorship” seemed to be the only explanation for opposing repeal.

“One would wonder why we wouldn’t just go ahead and repeal it, and if there is a better proposal to address the long-term care problem in America, then why don’t we sit down at the drawing board?” McCain said.