Budget Panel Officially Sidelines Health Care Now

Senate Republicans used budget reconciliation — which can only be used once per fiscal year — in their attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare this year.
But despite many attempts, they failed to pass a health care bill in their allotted time to do so under reconciliation, which expires Saturday.
Republicans want to pass tax reform using budget reconciliation, a procedural tool that would allow them to advance their bill with a simple 51-vote majority, rather than the typical 60.
The Senate budget committee announced provisions that will help the GOP expedite passage of the still-unwritten tax bill as well as legislation to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling.
Since Republicans have a 52 to 48 majority in the Senate, the lower voting threshold would make it possible for them to pass tax reform without help from Democrats.

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