June 8, 2017
While attention shifts to James Comey's much anticipated testimony today, Senate Republicans are still working to deprive 23 million Americans of health care coverage.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he is striving to get a vote on the Republican health care bill by July 4, before Congress leaves for August recess.
As ludicrous as this deadline seems, the Senate could pull it off -- but it will be done without much public scrutiny.
Sen. McConnell implemented Senate "Rule 14" Wednesday to fast-track the GOP House health bill.
This move allows the Senate to skip the committee process (goodbye full Senate committee debate), and instead "fast-tracks" the bill by moving it on the Senate calendar so it can be brought to a vote.
Republicans need to pass a health care bill immediately...And they need to pass a bill that reconciles the needs of both the House and Senate by September 30, in order to use reconciliation.
Reconciliation is a 1974 act that expedites the Senate's .consideration of bills that pertain to the budget.
While Washington watches James Comey testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senate Republican leaders and the health care working group will still be meeting for a working luncheon to continue negotiations.