Louisiana House leaders want to pare spending in budget deal

Louisiana House leaders want to pare spending in budget deal

Ideally, Republican leaders want to have a repeal of Obamacare in place before the midterm elections. The initial Republican timetable on healthcare was for President Trump to sign a bill two months ago.

"I'm still nervous because it's tough to get 50 votes in this environment", he said.

Axios reported after Tuesday's meeting of Senate Republicans that their health bill will split with the House version in several respects.

The bill passed on its second attempt in the House.

Sen. Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada who is up for re-election in 2018, said he was still looking at the proposals and what he could support.

"It's very cognizant of preexisting conditions".

Even if Republicans can hammer out the framework, as Lankford underscored, "once we get that part settled on. we're still gonna draft it, get a score, try to go through the process".

On Medicaid, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a member of leadership, said the legislation would still end the higher federal funding for ObamaCare's expansion of Medicaid, but on a slower phase-out than in the House, moving the end date past 2020.

Senator David Perdue of Georgia, a Trump ally, said he has a "much better" sense of where the Senate is headed on health care.

Signs of intraparty strain emerged Tuesday after Sen. "I'm very leery of a healthcare bill passing the Senate that can get through the House".

The original House spending plan - backed by Republicans in the chamber, but opposed by almost all Democrats - sought to leave $206 million unspent in the financial year that begins July 1, even though the state income forecast predicts the dollars will be available. "I don't worry about them", Yoho said.

Paul, who like Graham ran for president in 2016, quickly responded. "Sen. Paul remains optimistic the bill can be improved in the days ahead and is keeping an open mind".

Members of the Senate and the West Virginia House of Delegates each convened for sessions lasting less than 30 minutes on Monday, during which time committee meetings were scheduled, chief among them being a House Finance Committee meeting set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 6.

But no issue has proved more challenging than how to approach Medicaid, the half-century-old government safety-net plan for the poor that is a pillar of Obamacare's coverage expansion. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican.

Asked if the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion was still a concern of his, Cassidy said it was. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) responded "yes" as elevator doors closed.

"If you don't have the waiver for community ratings, you're not going to drive down insurance premiums", he said. In addition, the current plan is to have the bill deal exclusively with budgetary matters so it can pass the Senate with a simple majority and avoid a filibuster, which limits the scope of what it can address. No Democrat is expected to vote for the GOP plan.

One of the ideas that came out of the meeting is to allow states to apply for waivers for essential health benefit coverage. Sick people could be forced to pay exorbitant prices for a plan that covers their conditions under that scenario. Senators are also concerned about the alarming number of Americans projected to lose coverage under the House passed bill, and are developing a plan that would provide more generous tax subsidies for purchasing coverage. Graham never qualified for any of the main debates, Graham called out Rand Paul on foreign policy, saying that Paul was "more wrong than right" and that he would rather support Hillary Clinton over Paul had the latter won the GOP nomination. But Senate GOP members weren't talking about timetables. Lawmakers said preliminary discussions with the CBO have already begun. "We're getting close to having a proposal to whip and take to the floor", McConnell said.

In total, the proposal - crafted by House Republican leaders - would remove more than $150 million the Senate proposed to spend.

- Rachel Roubein, Jessie Hellmann and Nathaniel Weixel contributed.

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