House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he is fine with the upper chamber rewriting the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal-and-replacement bill.
The House passed the legislation Thursday after months of negotiations and a botched first attempt in March. The bill passed by a narrow margin, and the Senate is expected to make significant changes to its text before it’s sent back to the lower chamber.
“They are their own legislative body. I have no problems if they write their own bill. If it took the House passing a bill to get them moving on a bill, I thank them for that,” McCarthy told Fox Business Monday.
He noted that top Republicans in the House have been in communication with their Senate counterparts on potential changes to the measure.
“We move legislation. They move legislation. Any difference, we’ll go to conference and then send it to the president,” he continued. “But I think the timing’s important, that they need to start working but they have been working. We’ve worked with a number of senators, I know [Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell] has set up the working group well ahead of time, I think this just adds a little-added pressure to them that they have to act.”
McConnell has put together a group of 13 GOP senators to work on overhauling the health care bill. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters Monday they don’t want to put an artificial timeline on completing the legislation and are working to improve it.
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