Blunt: Senate will wait for CBO score before healthcare vote

Blunt: Senate will wait for CBO score before healthcare vote
© Greg Nash

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntMcConnell: Senate won't override Trump veto on shutdown fight Senate immigration talks fall apart Emergency declaration option for wall tests GOP MORE (R-Mo.) said on Sunday that the Senate will wait for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score new GOP healthcare legislation before proceeding with a vote.

“The Senate’s going to have to have the kind of score they need to move this forward and the Senate's going to be looking at this to see what we can do to take the House work, look at what the House did, look at what we can do to improve that in our view,” Blunt told NBC’s “Meet the Press.

The House, which voted to narrowly pass the GOP bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare last week, did not wait for a new CBO score after updating the legislation.

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After an earlier version of the American Health Care Act was pulled from a vote in March, lawmakers added an amendment aimed at winning support from the conservative House Freedom Caucus. That change, known as the MacArthur Amendment, would allow states to opt out of certain ObamaCare provisions, including restrictions on insurance companies increasing premiums based on individuals' health.

Senators have expressed concern over the fact that the bill did not receive a score before heading to the House floor for a vote.

After the House passed the legislation on Thursday, Blunt told reporters he did not expect the Senate to rush the bill to the floor, but instead would focus on getting the votes it needs. 

On Sunday, he said the Senate will likely need to go back to the House after working on its version of the bill.

“In all likelihood you have to go back to the House and say ‘Here’s what you think, here’s what we think. Let’s be sure we get people more access. Let’s be sure we solve the problems of ObamaCare,’” he said.