Iowa's GOP senators cast doubt on health care law repeal

Sen. Dean Heller R-N.V. in Washington on Capitol Hill at a hearing. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate

Iowa's GOP senators cast doubt on health care law repeal

"The US Senate should switch to 51 votes, immediately, and get Healthcare and TAX CUTS approved, fast and easy".

The filibuster allows senators to hold up legislation without a 60-vote threshold. Trump's tweet is also wrong on the specifics of the two pieces of legislation - health care and tax reform - he is insisting would pass the Senate if not for its 60-vote rule. He also said that Senate Democrats have obstructed and delayed many of Trump's nominations, though their ability to do so is limited.

Still, GOP senators are keen to emphasize that they are working on a bill that is separate from the version passed by the House, Roll Call reports.

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Democrats have so far shown no enthusiasm about joining in with Republicans on plans that would repeal parts of the ACA or chop tax rates for wealthy Americans.

Republicans - having 54 Senate seats - could pass the AHCA, but party leaders haven't consolidated GOP support for the bill.

But the only logical reading of Trump's tweet is that filibuster reform would expedite health care and tax legislation; the Trump administration has no other major agenda items before the legislature that the act would affect.

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As Jason Easley, writing at PoliticusUSA, argues, "Trump wants the legislative filibuster changed because a change is the only way that any of his legislation stands any chance of passage...."

"I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".

Aside from the odd punctuation - why is "TAX CUTS" capitalized?? - the message is simple: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should change the rules of the Senate to eliminate the filibuster on legislation. For McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan?

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