Kansas lawmakers delay debates on tax hikes, school funding

House Republicans have sent the Senate a budget that only uses 97.8% of the revenue available for 2017-2018.

Both parties are bracing for the release of a report by the Congressional Budget Office on the GOP's House-passed health care bill. "There does seem to be a consensus that the House bill could never pass the Senate and I'm certainly of that belief as well".

Republicans can't just save $2 billion overall.

But Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Health Education and Labor Committee who is also responsible for writing a part of any health care plan, said that stabilizing the insurance market is one of his first priorities.

Democrats have criticized Republicans for pushing people off coverage.

"I don't speak for the entire House, but I'd like to hear the reasons why before I say it's something I think is necessary", Paddie said.

House and Senate committee members had mere minutes to review the proposed $6.9 billion dollar budget before voting on two versions of the state spending plan.

"That's tough to swallow", said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., who wants to see the Medicaid expansion preserved. Follow the Medicaid-state senators.

Trump and Republicans celebrated the House's narrow May 4 passage of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony after several embarrassing setbacks, even as GOP senators signaled it had little chance of becoming law without significant changes.

"I'm more optimistic leaving that meeting than I have been in a while", said Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), John McCain (Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). Are we moving the needle in a positive direction? I think it's discriminatory.

"I do not believe the funding is sufficient", Terrell said.

The nonpartisan agency's finding, which drew immediate fire from Democrats, patient advocates, health industry officials and some business groups, is likely to complicate Republicans' push to pass a companion bill in the Senate. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said.

The jigsaw puzzle has left McConnell expressing rare bouts of public pessimism about such a big piece of legislation, something he campaigned on himself in his 2014 reelection - repealing and replacing Obamacare.

The Republican leader compared the effort to solving a Rubik's Cube.

McConnell opened the interview by saying, "There's not a whole lot of news to be made on healthcare". "But that's the goal". Patrick threatened to push for a special session if the Legislature didn't approve one of two measures that were much broader than the House's proposal.

The House bill would relax numerous Obama statute's consumer protections, kill its mandate that people buy coverage, trim federal subsidies for insurance purchasers and cut the Medicaid program for lower-income and disabled people.

At 1am on Wednesday, the Senate voted 21-10 to attach an amendment to an unrelated bill about county governments.

"You want to look at different components of it, it may be that some of it you keep and some of it you discard", Cassidy said. Earlier scores of the American Health Care Act predicted 24 million fewer people would have health insurance in 2026.

No plan, except House Bill 2178, has found the right mix of support.

On Tuesday, Justice also broadened his call for the special session and presented six additional pieces of legislation for lawmakers to consider. "But so far they haven't come up with a piece of legislation to work with".

  • Audrey Hill