Thursday, January 12, 2017

Working late...

Neil W. McCabe reports at Breitbart,
The Senate is already rolling back President Barack Obama’s legacy.
It passed the continuing resolution, S. Con.Res. 3, that tears away the fees, taxes and subsidies from the 201o Patient Protection and Affordable Cart Act, Obamacare, shortly after 1:25 Thursday morning, 51-to-48.

...Going into the session there was still doubt if Republicans would hold together with the leadership’s strategy of using the budget reconciliation procedures, which could only strike the financial underpinnings of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, leaving the rules and regulations in place for further action.

...The advantage to the budget reconciliation procedures is that as a privileged motion, the resolution has 50 hours of debate and is then exempt from the routine 60-vote threshold to close debate.

Because the Republicans hold a 52-to-48 vote advantage, they have the simple majority required to pass a bill, but not the 60 votes to force a vote by ending debate.

In the GOP-controlled House, the Republican leadership has pledged to cooperate with Senate Republicans as they work through repeal.
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