Two Republican Senators Temper Expectations On Completely Scrapping Health Law

And while Trump might think killing the filibuster would make life easier for him, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell-though he did use the so-called "nuclear option" in order to get Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch confirmed-has repeatedly ruled out doing the same for other legislative business.

Even if the Senate were to change the rules to allow for a simple majority vote, the heart of the matter remains that Republicans would need to have a finalized bill ready to be debated on the floor for both healthcare and tax reform.

"Either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51%".

Mr. Trump also floated the idea of eliminating the filibuster in early May, when it was also dismissed by lawmakers.

Republican leaders say they're confident their version of the state budget will clear through the full Senate. That budget process is likely to be a challenging fight among defense hawks, spending cutters and tax-cut advocates. His tweet Tuesday and a previous one over the weekend raised new questions about how he views the tax overhaul and the health-care plan.

But the House proposal differs from the Senate budget in several areas, including teacher and state employee pay and the scope of tax reductions. "ObamaCare is dead - the Republicans will do much better!" he wrote.

Or, as Politico reports on the Trump tweet, "bills to repeal and replace Obamacare and overhaul the USA tax code are both expected to move through Congress via a process called reconciliation that would require just 50 "yes" votes in the Senate".

Erasing Obama's health care law was a top promise of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, and by congressional GOP candidates since its 2010 enactment. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst come as the Republican-controlled Senate moves forward on its work to dismantle the 2010 health care bill while facing conflicting demands within their own party and lockstep Democratic opposition.

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