Would the House really need to vote again on health care?

Danny Woods
May 20, 2017

They reconvened Monday. The cost for the legislative session is $35,000 per day.

The House has a school finance formula bill - HB 2410 - that calls for $280 million in additional funding for schools in the next two-year budget. "I think we're going to have to do more".

Denning said the Senate bill also will prohibit local units of government from waiving the 20-mill property tax levy for schools when special financing tools - such as industrial revenue bonds - are used for economic development.

"That really gets waylaid by the day-to-day issue of the hour, " Rounds said.

Remember, although an earlier version of the AHCA would have reduced the deficit by $150 billion over 10 years according to CBO, Ryan and his team refused to wait for CBO's score of the amended version that passed the House a few weeks ago.

The governor vetoed a similar bill in February. Secondly, it passed by a mere four votes.

Trump and his party will look fools after they held a victory celebration at the White House only to have to come back and vote on the bill again or start the process from the beginning.

That is now under discussion, Johnson says. "If they have to amend the bill next week after they are informed of its effects, then they will have a very hard time doing so given the fierce backlash over Trumpcare that we've seen in the days since passage". The Senate Finance Committee is now drafting several different versions of a health care bill, with the goal of having a menu for moderate and conservative senators to chew over and decide where they might be able to compromise.

A total rollback of the tax cuts would raise an estimated $1.4 billion over two years.

If the House bill doesn't save that much money and it was already in the Senate, the bill would lose its privilege and then require 60 votes - including eight Democratic ones to pass.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

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The House approved the American Health Care Act by a slim 217-213 margin on May 4, before the CBO could analyze last-minute amendments and determine how those amendments would financially impact the country. It's a big enough deal that leaders are holding onto the bill until they see the CBO score.

Senate Bill 628, where some sales tax exemptions were removed.

The state senate modified House Bill 111, which passed the house last month.

The House Ways and Means Committee met with a number of conservative tax experts, as well as small business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and state leaders, according to a Republican aide.

"My sense is yes, it will go away but we are still figuring out how to make the transition", Hoeven said. "By winning on these issues, we can ensure that-contrary to the mean-spirited GOP House bill-families will get the care they need when they need it".

"We're a good solid two years behind", said Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, after the meeting.

"This is a baby step in the right direction", she said.

While the bill does not increase the sales tax rate, it would eliminate several tax exemptions in existing law, the largest being an exemption on telecommunications - primarily cellphone plans - and data processing services that would raise about $60 million a year.

The rate would stay at 6 percent, but consumers would have to pay the tax on their cell phone bills, gym memberships, and on construction labor up to $40,000. Senators heard testimony from collection agency operators saying the measure would harm their businesses in competition with out-of-state firms.

"They're all handling the same exact actions and services, but they don't have that fee assed to them, so of course they can offer lower rates", she says.

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