GOP Negotiators Return From Recess Early To Work On Budget
Addressing domestic spending issues and reshaping Medicare are high on their to-do list. In other news from Capitol Hill, some Senate conservatives are not quite ready to give full backing to the pending Medicare "doc fix" plan.
Top GOP Negotiators Return Early To Work On Budget
The top House and Senate budget negotiators are returning to Washington early from congressional recess to begin to hash out a final fiscal blueprint agreement, several sources told Politico. ... But they still have to iron out some differences, including the size and scope of future domestic spending, how specific to go in wringing savings out of Medicare and how to use a powerful procedural tool that allows the Senate to pass legislation on a simple majority vote instead of the typical 60-vote threshold. (Bade and Sherman, 4/9)
The Fiscal Times:
Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ Could Face Conservative Opposition In Senate
A plan to eliminate Congress’s annual scramble to protect doctors from cuts to Medicare reimbursement was hailed as a triumph of bipartisanship when it sailed through the House of Representatives last month. But some Senate conservatives aren’t ready to give the bill a free pass through their chamber. (Garver, 4/9)