If the House did have to rework the legislation and call it up for a second vote, it would put the vulnerable Republicans who had to be dragged kicking and screaming the first time in an even worse position. At least, that's what House Speaker Tim Armstead said Friday after a vote in the chamber on its own version of a revenue bill.
Carmichael said he was happy to see the House advance its tax plan. A Politico/Morning Consult poll this month found 44 percent of almost 2,000 people surveyed disapproved of the House bill compared with 38 percent who approved of it. "They have a vested interest in keeping it around".
Senators will examine whether the House bill still cuts Medicaid by $840 billion over a decade and reduces taxes - largely on higher earners and health industry sectors - by around $1 trillion.
Members of the group, which include governors from Utah, Tennessee and MI, are also now looking to form a bipartisan coalition of states to propose reforms for the individual insurance market, according to one source, that they hope the Senate will also use.
"We have in no way resolved what we want to spend on schools and my fear, just to speak rather bluntly, is that somebody's trying to basically get rid of exit paths", said Sen.
"It is a little bit of a surprise to me", Doherty added. That was news to a lot of people on Capitol Hill. But in their haste, they may have gotten the worst of both worlds. "We need to provide them with some level of certainty". When the bill text came out in early March, the details were a surprise, the lobbyist added.
A slew of negative coverage surrounding the AHCA and a CBO score that predicts massive losses in insurance coverage have Democrats angling to use Obamacare repeal as a chief campaign issue in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections.
Republican aides aren't sweating the problems too much.
The holdup over sending the bill over, which the House passed on May 4 on a 217-213 vote, is because the Congressional Budget Office has not scored it.
GOP senators say they're discussing a possible short-term bill if their health care talks drag on.
The insurance markets are continuing to deteriorate, Blase said.
Lawmakers expect to at least partially roll back past income tax cuts touted by GOP Gov.
Kim said her firm specializes in resolving medical debt, but that involves more than just collections.
Cowles was defending one provision of the bill in particular, a three-year phase-out of the income tax assessed on Social Security benefits for individuals making less than $100,000 a year.
He also urged President Donald Trump to clamp down on distractions that take attention away from his legislative agenda. Then they will pass it back.
[. Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell is pretty darn determined to ultimately hold a vote on a health-care bill, members, aides and lobbyists have told me.
House members were briefed Wednesday on the bill the K-12 Education Budget Committee kicked out Monday, but there was no action on the floor.
"How much of that shaped the bill?" Ryan said last-minute changes to the American Health Care Act were narrow and insignificant.
While the Senate might be more accessible to industry and policy wonks, senators won't exactly be deliberating out in the open.
Devon Haase Kim, CEO of the Haase and Long collection firm in Lawrence, tells a Senate committee that taxing collection services would hurt small businesses and debtors alike. Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it. These also happened to win more applause from conservatives.
"We would have to downsize, because there's no way our clients could afford to pay this tax", Hoheusle said. "It's not flawless. Are we going to be back here?"
"Republicans who argue that this was an open and transparent process are misleading the American people", Hoyer said.
The bill also eliminates several exemptions and "broadens the base" of the sales tax.
Delegate Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock) voted against the plan calling it "another massive tax bill".