Senate turns toward ObamaCare repeal
The Senate is turning toward a fight over repealing large parts of the Affordable Care Act, as Republicans move to fulfill a years-long campaign pledge.
“We’ll see in the next couple of weeks are they willing to negotiate. Right now, I think there’s at least two of us that are saying ‘no,’ ” Paul told FreedomWorks in a recent interview. “So they don’t have the power to do what they want without my vote.”
Enzi’s resolution calls for four congressional committees—two in the House and two in the Senate—to find a way to reduce the deficit by $1 billion by 2026. It also allows for a “reserve fund,” essentially a legislative placeholder, for a future ObamaCare repeal bill.
Before they can vote on the repeal instructions, senators will have to hold a “vote-a-rama” during which lawmakers can force a vote on any proposal and drag out passage of the budget resolution.
Senate GOP leadership has signaled support for a two- or three-year “off ramp” for ObamaCare that would delay repeal and give lawmakers time to try to agree on a replacement.
But Paul wrote in an op-ed Monday that he supports repealing and replacing the law simultaneously.
–This report was updated at 2:44 p.m.
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