Tag: US Senate

Public Health Danger in Senate Tax Plan

The Republican-led Senate is rushing to enact President Trump’s tax reform goals this week. On November 16, 2017, the House approved a tax overhaul bill providing $1.5 B in tax cuts, with the largest proportion of those cuts benefiting the nation’s wealthiest individuals. While large corporations also benefit, small businesses are primarily excluded. Called “the … Continue reading Public Health Danger in Senate Tax Plan

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ACA Repeal Defeated for Now, but Wait

Senate Republicans were unable to get the 50 affirmative votes needed to pass the “skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on July 28, 2017 in the pre-morning hours. It was a scary night in the Senate chambers, but sanity prevailed. All Democrats and three Republicans voted against the bill—ending this particular round of … Continue reading ACA Repeal Defeated for Now, but Wait

McConnell’s “Skinny” ACA Repeal Strategy – Destabilize and Blame Democrats

This post was written on July 27, 2017 (before defeat of the Senate's "skinny" ACA repeal plan on July 28, 2017 by a 51-49 vote): Crafting the final legal rendering of a bill passed by the Senate—prior to its advancement to the President for signature—has historically occurred in a U.S. Congress Conference on only rare … Continue reading McConnell’s “Skinny” ACA Repeal Strategy – Destabilize and Blame Democrats

Forcing Senate ACA-Repeal Bill Debate

Vice President Mike Pence is yet again the "tie-breaker" in Senate deliberations. Pence's vote on February 7, 2017 enabled Betsy deVos to become confirmed as Education Secretary, and today—on July 25, 2017—his vote enabled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican) to force debate on the Republicans' health-damaging bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Two female Republican … Continue reading Forcing Senate ACA-Repeal Bill Debate