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Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) is hoping to move an Affordable Care Act bill out of his committee by March, a timeline that aligns with that of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Brady told reporters.
“That’s the timetable that we’re operating under,” Brady said Feb. 2. “We haven’t been given a date so much. First, we want to take our time to get it right, but we also know it’s important to, at a good clip, start the replacement process.”
Ryan said during a Feb. 2 press conference that he wants legislation to move by the end of the first quarter of 2017.
Repealing and replacing the law is a top priority for Republican lawmakers this session. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and Brady support fully repealing the law’s tax elements, which bring in the revenue to fund it. The taxes were scrapped in replacement legislation that Congress passed and former President Barack Obama vetoed last year.
Brady said lawmakers in the House and Senate are in conversations about the legislation. Republicans discussed scrapping the law over the course of a days-long retreat in Philadelphia last week, but emerged without broad consensus on how to move forward.
“There’s a broad range of options being discussed, both as the design of that and how it’s funded,” Brady said.
Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) called Feb. 2 for a floor vote on the 2015 replacement bill (H.R. 3762). Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, also supports getting rid of all the law’s taxes.
We committed to the American people to repeal every tax, every mandate, the regulations, and to defund Planned Parenthood. That’s what the American people expect us to do—and they expect us to do it quickly,” they said in a news release. “There’s no reason we should put anything less on President Trump’s desk than we put on President Obama’s now that we know it will be signed into law.”
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