Trump doesn’t support bipartisan health care plan after all

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Today’s Hill Action
Senate Floor Schedule
9:30 a.m.: Convene and resume consideration of H.Con.Res.71, establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Committee Hearings
Armed Services
9:30am – SD-G50

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
10:00am – SD-430

Judiciary
10:00am – SH-226

Foreign Relations
10:30am – SD-419

Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
2:00pm – SD-216

House Floor Schedule
None.

Committee Hearings
No committee hearings scheduled.
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What to watch for in Senate budget debate on Thursday

The Senate is set to vote on its 2018 budget resolution, a key step toward Republicans’ top agenda item of tax reform.

While few expect that the budget measure will have any serious problems passing, the upper chamber’s free-wheeling voting marathon that kicks off Thursday is sure to allow for drama.

The session, known as a “vote-a-rama,” is less restrictive than other amendment procedures, allowing senators to introduce as many amendments as they want on whatever subjects they like.

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Obamacare fix could end up in year-end package

A bipartisan deal to shore up Obamacare collapsed Wednesday after President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Senate proposal a bailout for insurance companies.

But GOP sources on both sides of the Capitol say this is not the end of the debate.

GOP lawmakers acknowledged they’ll eventually have to contend with shaky insurance markets and an estimated $1 billion hole Trump carved into the health care law last week when he eliminated remaining payments due this year. The money to fund a key insurance subsidy program could be resurrected as part of a year-end spending agreement.

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Trump: Senate budget vote ‘first step towards massive tax cuts’

President Donald Trump said Thursday morning that the Senate’s scheduled vote on budget legislation is a “first step towards massive tax cuts,” but cautioned that a successful floor vote is not necessarily assured.

“Republicans are going for the big Budget approval today, first step toward massive tax cuts. I think we have the votes, but who knows?” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday. He did not immediately clarify if he was casting doubt on the budget legislation that will come before the Senate Thursday or on his larger policy goal of cutting taxes and pushing through a major rewrite of the U.S. tax code.

Passing budget legislation is a key first step for Republicans that will allow them to seek to approve tax reform legislation via a process call reconciliation, allowing them to approve the bill with a simple majority as opposed to the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold. But even that lower bar has proven difficult for the GOP to hurdle thus far into the Trump administration, with Republicans unable to muster 50 votes in their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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