Senate sets up ObamaCare repeal bill
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The Senate on Thursday fast-tracked a House-passed effort to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellWhen it comes to Georgia's voting law, keep politics out of business Pelosi to offer even split on 9/11-style commission to probe Capitol riot Senate GOP crafts outlines for infrastructure counter proposal MORE (R-Ky.) used a procedural move to let the House bill skip over the Senate's committee process and be placed directly on the Senate calendar, where it could be teed up for action on the floor. 
 
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While the legislation hasn't been scheduled yet to be brought up on the Senate floor, the Republican leader told reporters that the chamber will take up the reconciliation package after Thanksgiving. Lawmakers are heading out of town for a week-long recess, and they'll return to Washington on Nov. 30. 
 
The procedural move comes after McConnell squelched speculation that Republican leadership might drop a repeal of Planned Parenthood from the repeal package. 
 
He told reporters he was "confident" that the legislation would include defunding the organization, despite pushback from moderate Republicans. 
 
Separately, Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenate locks in hate crimes deal, setting up Thursday passage Tech companies duke it out at Senate hearing Big Tech set to defend app stores in antitrust hearing MORE (R-Utah) and Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzChauvin likely to face uphill battle in expected appeal Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Senate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote MORE (Texas) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioBipartisan group of senators holds immigration talks amid border surge Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban On The Money: Senate GOP faces post-Trump spending brawl | Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term | Left-leaning group raises concerns about SALT cap repeal MORE (Fla.), who are both running for the Republican presidential nomination, have all suggested they will oppose legislation that stops short of a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act. 
 
To get the package through the Senate, McConnell will need the support of 51 senators. 
  

"We're feeling hopefully optimistic that our members are going to be there to give us the 51 votes necessary to get ObamaCare repeal and Planned Parenthood on the president's desk," he told reporters.