Thursday, May 25, 2017

Yellowbelly Senate Republicans have all the evidence they need to reject the House-passed health-care overhaul

The Republican Party has thus far not distinguished themselves for being stalwarts of courage. 
Too often they choose the path of least resistance even when they control both house of Congress and it's a sad commentary on their collective character.    

WashingtonPost reports the Republican bid to overhaul the health-care industry took one small step forward Wednesday and then essentially went two steps backward.

For a week now, some congressional insiders had been whispering that the critical “score” from the Congressional Budget Office, on the legislation that narrowly passed the House earlier this month, might not provide any real deficit savings. Such a finding would have violated the Senate’s more arcane rules for considering budgetary items under fast-track rules — and it might have forced House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) to redraw the legislation and hold another vote.

So there were a few sighs of relief late Wednesday afternoon when the CBO declared the legislation would find $119 billion in savings over 10 years, more than enough to allow it to pass muster under the Senate’s so-called reconciliation rules, which allow a simple majority for passage rather than the usual 60-vote majority. That’s an important feat for Senate Republicans, who control just 52 seats.

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1 comment:

  1. That is why I have responded to requests to support the GOP candidates to fill empty seats in Congress with a suggestion that they shove it up their collective a$$e$.

    Why would anyone want to be represented by a jackass in an elephant suit, when one could be represented by an uncostumed jackass for the same price?

    The two parties, with VERY few exceptions, have become nothing more than opposite ends of the same steaming turd. Damn them all to hell where they belong.