The Hill | The Hill|The Hill|Associated Press article The House GOP’s effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed Monday, leaving it with only a slim majority in the Senate and a handful of senators from states where insurance markets are failing.
The failure came as GOP leaders vowed to move quickly to pass a budget, which would fund the government through March.
But the Senate has shown no signs of budging.
It is now holding a procedural vote on the bill Thursday night that must pass to proceed to a final vote on Friday, March 10.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to unveil a revised bill by the end of the week.
Republicans want to move the measure to the Senate floor as soon as possible to make it easier for them to pass the Senate’s budget resolution.
The Senate’s first step in moving the bill to the floor is a procedural motion that allows for a 60-vote majority.
The motion must pass 60 votes to overcome a filibuster.
The next procedural step is the traditional “fiscal reconciliation” vote, in which all senators vote in unison to agree to the bill’s passage.
But it’s unclear how quickly McConnell will move the bill, or if it will even get to the vote.
Senate Republicans need 60 votes for a final budget resolution to pass, and McConnell has made it clear he will only move the House-passed budget resolution if the Senate agrees to all of its provisions.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is willing to consider amendments to the House bill if the chamber can reach a deal with McConnell.
“The Senate has to be very clear what its goals are and what it wants to accomplish.
And so we have to come to a compromise,” Schumer said in an interview with CNN.
“But if there’s a way for us to work together, I think we’ll be able to get there.”
The House bill included the $880 billion in tax credits that were supposed to be paid to individuals to help them afford their insurance.
That money was supposed to go to people who had pre-existing conditions, but Republicans have repeatedly said that’s not how the bill would work.
Instead, the tax credits will go to insurers and will not go to anyone with a pre-existing condition.
The legislation also included a provision that would have made it easier to charge people more to subsidize insurance premiums, although it was never intended to be used in this way.
Schumer said he was willing to negotiate with Republicans to find a way to make sure the tax credit money is used for coverage subsidies.
But he said he’s not optimistic that will happen.
“We’re going to have to find some ways to work with Republicans.
We’re going see if we can get some bipartisan agreement to keep that money in the budget,” Schumer told CNN.
Schumer also said he expected to meet with President Donald Trump later this week to discuss how to fix the health care system, which is at least partially caused by Republican leaders’ efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act.
“He’s been saying to me that he’s going to come in and fix it,” Schumer continued.
“I know that he wants to fix it, and I believe him.
But if he doesn’t, I have to be ready to meet him.”
Democrats say that the failure is a sign of the Senate GOP’s desperation to pass repeal and then to move on to tax reform.
But some Republicans believe that the party is simply being overly optimistic, and that the Senate will find a path to pass tax reform through reconciliation.
If the GOP passes the budget resolution, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R of Texas) said, it could help pave the way for tax reform to pass both chambers, where it would need only 51 votes to pass.
“There is an argument to be made that Republicans have gotten themselves in a position where they are so desperate for passage that they’re actually willing to make a deal,” Cornyn told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday.
“And I think that’s very important.”
A Republican source close to McConnell, however, said he thinks the Senate is willing enough to move forward on tax reform, but is “not willing to put all of the pieces together.”