The Senate on Tuesday evening formally proceeded to an ObamaCare repeal bill, with lawmakers hoping to wrap up their work by Thursday.
“The Senate is now considering the House-passed Restoring America’s Health Care Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “We finally have a chance to end ObamaCare’s cycle of broken promises and failures with a simple majority vote. I look forward to completing action on the bill this week.”
McConnell moved to take up the legislation by voice vote, before offering a substitute amendment to the House-passed bill to make sure that it complies with the Senate’s budget rules.
Under the budget reconciliation process, the GOP will need only 51 votes to get the ObamaCare repeal package, which is expected to also cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, through the Senate.