What The Process Will Look Like Tomorrow When Mitch McConnell Introduces a Motion to Start Debate on Repeal and Replace of Obamacare

Folks the plot thickens! Our President is flying one of the five Medicaid Whores to WV for his appearance tonight at the National Boy Scout Jamboree. That would be the Republican Senator, Shelly Moore Capito of WV.

Below is what would occur starting tomorrow!


From the article linked above:

1) McConnell will make a motion to start debate on the House bill. That step — known as the motion to proceed — will require 51 votes. Collins and McCain mean Republican leaders are already down two votes. More moderate senators are refusing to commit to voting to start debate. Some conservatives, particularly Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), could still balk. Vice President Mike Pence could break a 50-50 tie.

2) The Senate would debate the House legislation on the floor for 20 hours, with that time divided evenly between Republicans and Democrats. That’s 20 hours of debate time, not realtime, so the debate could last a couple of days.

3) At the end of the debate, there would be a “vote-a-rama,” during which senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments to the bill. Amendments that are considered “germane” to the health care legislation need 51 votes to be added to the bill.

4) At some point, either before or after the vote-a-rama, McConnell would offer a Senate bill as a substitute for the House bill. The timing would depend on whether McConnell wants the amendments brought up during vote-a-rama to be added to the final bill or not. This will be a key decision: If McConnell waits until the end to introduce his substitute, then none of the amendments that were added during vote-a-rama will actually be part of the final legislation.

5) The Senate would take a final vote on passage of the amended Senate bill. That would require 51 votes, another dicey proposition given the estimated 22 million fewer Americans would have health insurance under BCRA. Pence could break a 50-50 tie.

6) If the Senate passes the bill, the House would probably take it up and pass it as is. The other option would be for the two chambers to negotiate a new plan, but most people in Washington expect the House to simply approve the Senate bill. A bare majority, 218 members, must vote for the bill for it to pass.

7) Once both chambers pass the Obamacare repeal bill, President Trump would sign it into law.

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