The James Group Newsletter Volume 4, Number 11: Senate Vote Pushed Back Until After Fourth of July Recess
June 30, 2017
Volume 4, Number 11
In This Issue
GOP Leaves Washington Before Vote
Hopes Fade For Friday Revisal of Health Bill
Senate Democrats Don’t Have Votes To Block Bill
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Politico: Dazed GOP Bolts Washington In Health Care Disarray Senate Republicans skipped town on Thursday afternoon facing stiff internal opposition to their health care proposal and a Fourth of July recess in which critics will pummel their effort to repeal Obamacare. Though the Senate whirred to life with deal-making between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his members, senators were dazed by the up-and-down week and nowhere near a plan that could get 50 votes. The GOP is planning to write new language to be analyzed by Friday, but were far from reaching a broad agreement as senators had hoped. (Everett, Kim and Karlin-Smith, 6/29)
Los Angeles Times: Hopes Fade For Friday Revise Of Senate Republican Health Bill With No Quick Fix In Sight Senate Republicans appeared unlikely to hit a self-imposed Friday deadline for revising their healthcare bill, as negotiators considered scaling back promised tax cuts for the wealthy in order to provide more insurance assistance to the poor. Vice President Mike Pence led a White House push by meeting Thursday with divided Republican senators, but conservatives and centrists have been unable to resolve their differences. “We’re working,” Pence said as he dashed through the halls, followed by reporters shouting questions. (Mascaro, 6/29)
Source: Los Angeles Times
NPR: Senate Democrats Don't Have The Votes To Block The GOP Health Care Bill, So What Can They Do? When Senate Republican leaders delayed the vote on their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was quick to not declare victory. "We're not resting on any laurels, nor do we feel any sense yet of accomplishment," Schumer said at his weekly press conference, shortly after the surprise GOP decision to punt on a vote. "Other than we are making progress, because the American people are listening to our arguments." (Detrow, 6/30)
Kaiser Health News: Podcast: What The Health? Senate Bill Sparks Fireworks Before The Fourth In the inaugural episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss the state of the Senate’s effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. (6/29)
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