GOP senators want more time for ObamaCare repeal, replacement

A group of GOP senators wants to extend the deadline for hashing out an ObamaCare repeal plan, arguing the move would also give lawmakers more time to work on a replacement. 

GOP Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger RNC votes to give Trump 'undivided support' ahead of 2020 Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy MORE (Tenn.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanTexas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes GOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats Steel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs MORE (Ohio), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTexas GOP rep opposes Trump’s use of national emergency to get border wall GOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration Talk grows that Trump will fire Dan Coats MORE (Maine), Bill Cassidy (La.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency MORE (Alaska) filed an amendment on Monday that would give congressional committees until March 3 to come up with a repeal plan. 
 
Under rules the Senate is expected to pass this week, which are attached to a shell budget resolution, lawmakers have until Jan. 27 to replace the healthcare law. 
 
The lawmakers pushing the amendment argue that moving the deadline will help pave the way for a smoother and shorter transition from ObamaCare to a new healthcare law and give Congress more time to work with Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who has been nominated to lead President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE's Department of Health and Human Services.
 
"By providing more time to come up with legislative solutions, we have a better opportunity to produce a thoughtful, workable replacement that ensures Americans have access to affordable, diverse insurance plans that meet their needs," Collins said in a statement. 
 
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Collins wants lawmakers to at least have a "detailed framework" for replacement before they vote to repeal ObamaCare. 
 
A small but growing number of GOP lawmakers have voiced concerns about repealing the law without a replacement plan. 
 
GOP leadership needs at least 50 votes, expected to all come from Republicans, to pass the rules to get rid of ObamaCare, as well as the separate stand-alone repeal legislation. 
 
That means they can only afford to lose two GOP senators without having to try to flip Democrats or ask the vice president to potentially break a tie. 
 
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) argued that GOP lawmakers should side with Trump, who backed moving repeal and replacement together during the White House race. 
 
"By extending the deadline for budget reconciliation instructions until March, Congress and the incoming administration will each have additional time to get the policy right," he said. 
 
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 MORE (R-Ky) — who is expected to unveil his own ObamaCare replacement bill this week — said on Friday that Trump agrees with his push to replace the Affordable Care Act as they vote to repeal it. 
 
 
“I hope so, we're actually looking to try to find some way to do that,” Cornyn said, without providing details on what could be included.