GOP says it wants to avoid another Obamacare disaster
Republicans are scrambling to avert a potential catastrophe as they face a new political challenge to replace Obamacare: A looming shutdown.
The House passed the American Health Care Act on Wednesday in a vote that was largely along party lines.
But there were a handful of amendments that could complicate the process.
The biggest is an amendment from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a conservative who is often critical of the GOP leadership.
The amendment would require the Senate to pass a budget resolution by the end of the year.
Meadows said the Senate should pass a balanced budget amendment that was passed by the House.
But he said that the Senate needs to approve the budget resolution before the House can pass the budget.
He also said that if the Senate approves a budget by the beginning of next month, the House should vote to remove the requirement for a balanced Budget Resolution by the same date.
Republicans could still override Meadows’ amendment with the support of two-thirds of the House and the support from 30 senators.
They would need 50 votes to override the veto, though that number is difficult to predict.
The Senate also needs 60 votes to end debate on a budget.
The GOP leadership is expected to hold a vote on the budget proposal Thursday.
But the vote is likely to be a symbolic one, with no real impact on the final bill.
The amendment is a sign that the GOP caucus is willing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan approach to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
The House passed an identical measure in June, but it stalled in the Senate.
The AHCA also includes funding for a border wall, which Democrats have called an ineffective way to keep people out of the country.
Democrats have criticized the legislation as a tax cut for the wealthy and say it would be impossible to build the wall and enforce it.