Republicans are damned if they do, damned if they don’t when it comes to a budget reconciliation bill the Senate will soon consider.
Heritage Action, the political action group known for pushing the GOP to the right, is warning Republicans that they had better vote against the legislation, which uses special rules to ditch parts of Obamacare. While it represents the GOP’s best chance to land a long-promised repeal bill on the president’s desk, the group is angered that it leaves some big parts of the law intact.
Part of the legislation, however, bans federal funding for Planned Parenthood, prompting other conservative groups focused on social issues to make an opposite plea and urge lawmakers to support the bill. The Susan B. Anthony List and the Family Research Council, influential groups among conservatives, say they will count it against Republicans if they oppose the bill.
The dissension among groups that are usually aligned is putting Republicans between a rock and a hard place, and they now must choose which ones to please and which to anger.