Future Of Alexander-Murray Bill, At A Standstill In Senate, Unclear As End Of Year Inches Closer
Many observers think its only real chance is to be included in a larger deal on spending in December.
Dems: No Talks With Trump On ObamaCare Fix
Democrats say they have not had any negotiations with the White House about its demands for changes to a bipartisan ObamaCare fix, indicating a murky future for the legislation aimed a shoring up insurance markets. Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), the lead Republican sponsor of the bill, said last week that he wanted the White House to negotiate with Democrats on the administration's proposed changes. Democrats at the time countered by pressuring GOP leaders to bring the bill up for a vote as it is. (Sullivan, 10/31)
Brady Rejects Bid To Repeal ObamaCare Mandate In Tax Reform
House Ways and Means Chairman (R-Texas) is rejecting a push by Sen. (R-Ark.) to add a repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate to tax reform. Brady said in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday that he fears the move could jeopardize tax reform, a concern held by many Republicans. (Sullivan, 10/31)