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

19 May 2017

"There are a lot of folks wanting one before the other".

"Health care discussions are open to the entire caucus - everyone has an opportunity to be at the table as members work to get a consensus to rescue Americans from a health care law that is now in collapse, " a Senate Republican aide said in an interview.

They played a role in last week's Senate defeat of an income tax bill that would have generated more than $1 billion a year in additional revenue. Lawmakers usually suspend rules that require waiting periods before holding floor votes or waiting periods for moving bills between the House and the Senate.

If it's enacted, ME would join five states and the District of Columbia with laws described by supporters as death with dignity, and by opponents as physician-assisted suicide.

A late-session effort from the Senate to help level reimbursements between independent doctors and hospital-employed doctors has failed in the House.

First, while the House plan calls for a $150 million increase in the upcoming school year, followed by a $100 million increase the second year, the draft Senate bill would would have a large increase in the first year, then would be adjusted for inflation each year after that, using a three-year rolling average of the Consumer Price Index as the adjustment rate. "People will be more reluctant to vote for a tax plan if they can't justify for their constituents why that money was needed".

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"We're going to have to address the revenue picture, there is really no way around it", said the Plymouth Republican.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, is chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Education Finance, which will produce its own school finance formula.

By afternoon the pace slowed considerably.

Also gone in the House version is a tiered system for assessing severance taxes on coal and gas companies, according to Delegate Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, a finance committee member.

Yesterday, members of the Senate Finance committee discussed a lengthy proposed bill (Senate Bill 628) that makes numerous substantive and technical changes to the state's revenue laws. Sen.

"We're working on it as a Senate, not working with the president, " said Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican. Later that night, Trump got the message across that if the bill didn't go through to a vote the following day, he was done promoting it and Republicans would have to live with Obamacare.

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"The whole situation remains very fluid right now", he said before 4 p.m. If a surcharge is what it takes to adequately fund schools, she says, she'll consider it.

Also, the draft Senate plan would give local districts greater authority to levy taxes to pay for big-ticket purchases known as "capital outlay", raising the maximum property tax rate for that fund to 10 mills instead of the current 8 mills. Jerry Tillman, one of the bill sponsors, began the discussion by proclaiming that the bill does not expand the sales tax to include more services. "I love the idea of getting rid of the state's income tax".

"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.

"After July 1, they could lose their jobs completely", she said.

"There may be some people who have some concerns or heartburn over some things that are there or not there, but overall I think we'll have some good bipartisan support for the bill".

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