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Senate staff to draft health bill during recess

Senate staff to draft health bill during recess

Senate Republican staff will be working on a draft version of the Senate's ObamaCare repeal-and-replace legislation during the upcoming recess, according to multiple senators.

"Over the break, initial legislation will be drafted and then we’ll have more time, actually have a basis to discuss" specific policies, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senator seeking information on FBI dealings with Bruce Ohr, former DOJ lawyer Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms Senate Homeland chair vents Mueller probe is preventing panel from receiving oversight answers MORE (R-Wis.) said Thursday after leaving a meeting of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare working group. 

"We’ve had the discussions. It's time to draft a bill, and we’ll move forward on that when we get back."

The Senate has a district work period scheduled from May 29 to June 2.

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Johnson said he expects a discussion draft will be circulated internally among Republicans upon their return.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said the bill will be drafted by leadership staff and staff of the relevant committees. Cassidy said he hasn't personally been consulted on language, but has been assured this is not the final step.

"Of course we’re advocating our ideas but they’ve made it a point [that] this is just a starting point, not an end point. But am I being consulted personally? No," Cassidy said.

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynManchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia O'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke debate showdown MORE (R-Texas) said staff will be putting together base language over recess.

"But there is no final agreement yet. This is a process."

Jessie Hellmann contributed.