Update: 2:00 p.m. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told media outlets: “It is the leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week.”
WASHINGTON- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it would be unwise for Senate Republicans to vote on a last-ditch Obamacare repeal and replacement bill before receiving a comprehensive analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
“You have to have to the facts,” Pelosi said in response to question at a news conference on Wednesday.
“You can’t say to the American people: ‘This is what we what we want to do and we don’t know how much it’s going to cost and we don’t know how many people it’s going to serve,’” she said.
Pelosi described the legislation as “a stinkeroo.”
Pelosi and fellow Democratic congressional leaders on Monday sent a letter to the CBO requesting a fiscal analysis prior to any potential vote.
The CBO told Democratic leaders that a limited analysis of legislation would be available sometime next week. The CBO said that a comprehensive analysis is not likely to be available before the end of the month.
Republicans want to pass the legislation before Sep. 30 to take advantage of budget reconciliation authority.
Reconciliation lowers the threshold for breaking a filibuster and effectively allows for the legislation to pass with a simple majority as opposed to 60 votes.
Should consideration extend beyond September, reconciliation authority would have to be renewed in a subsequent budget resolution.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday told reporters that upper chamber Republicans are discussing the possibly of advancing the repeal bill but he would not provide a definitive answer as to potential action.
McConnell did say that if action were to be taken it would have to commence prior to Sep. 30.
The Senate Finance Committee plans to consider the measure in a single hearing on Monday.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning Tweeted his support for the legislation.
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