Senate Expected To Take Up House Obamacare Repeal Plan

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas confirmed the upper chamber doesn’t plan on drafting its own Obamacare repeal legislation and will likely move forward with House proposals.

“No, we’re working with the House. The goal is for the House to pass a bill that we can then take up and pass here in the Senate,” Cornyn told The Hill Thursday.

The number two Republican in the Senate said he expects a vote to take place before their Easter recess in early April.

Cornyn’s comments come after House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden met with senators Wednesday to go over specifics of the proposed legislation and provide members with a better sense of direction.

A number of conservatives in both chambers have expressed hesitation over a number of provisions of the draft bill after it was leaked in late February.

Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah took to social media to advocate against moving forward with anything that could be perceived as “Obamacare lite,” tweeting that, “2 yrs ago, the GOP Congress voted to repeal Obamacare. That 2015 repeal language should be the floor, the bare minimum.”

The House is expected to mark up the draft legislation next week.

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