House Approves 2017 Budget Reconciliation; Legislative Vehicle for ACA Repeal

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The House approved the 2017 budget resolution (BR) (SConRes 3) by a 268-to-151 vote on January 13. The measure was approved by the Senate on January 12 (TAXDAY, 2017/01/13, C.1). The resolution will serve as the legislative vehicle for GOP repeal efforts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148), and is the first step in the repeal process.

Democrats have been critical of Republican’s push to repeal the ACA without yet having presented a replacement plan (TAXDAY, 2017/01/13, C.1). “Republicans have had 65 opportunities to offer an alternative when they’ve wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have not, to this date after seven years, offered an alternative,” House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said on January 13.

Meanwhile, Republicans touted the BR’s passage. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has also maintained that a replacement plan is forthcoming. “That’s something we’re working on right now and it’s going to take us a little bit of time but we’re working on this as fast as possible,” he said on January 12.

By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Staff

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