The Hill article Republican leaders plan to make it harder for Democrats to pass their bill without their support in the House.GOP leaders’ proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act without the support of Democrats could make the process more difficult for Democrats in the coming weeks, as the House moves closer to the July 4 recess.
The plan, unveiled Tuesday by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would require Democrats to be on board if Republicans are to pass a bill without a majority of support in both the House and Senate.
The measure would make it difficult for lawmakers to get the legislation to President Donald Trump’s desk without their backing.
Ryan, speaking to reporters, said that the Republican proposal would provide more flexibility for Democrats.
“It allows for the possibility that Democrats could support it, which would allow us to get to 218 votes,” he said.
Democrats, however, are wary of the measure and will likely fight against it, particularly as the Senate is set to begin voting on a bill to repeal the ACA later this month.
“The Democrats are going to make a lot of hay out of this.
It’s going to be a tough fight.
It will be a very expensive fight,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), a moderate on the House Budget Committee, said in a Tuesday conference call with reporters.
Democrats are skeptical of the GOP plan and will probably fight against Ryan’s plan.
“I am going to fight for this,” Rep, Jan Schakowsky (D) told reporters, saying that the plan is “not a good idea.”
McGovern and other Democratic lawmakers say the proposal would result in the ACA “repeal and replace” without their input.
In order to be able to advance legislation without the help of Democrats, the Republican bill would need to clear the House Finance Committee, which holds the purse strings.
But the Senate Budget Committee would need a two-thirds majority to pass the legislation.
McGovern told reporters that Democrats will be “sticking to their guns” on this issue.
“We are not going to sit back and say, ‘Let’s do something else,'” he said, adding that the Republicans have “a lot of leverage” and that the GOP has the power to “bring back health care.”
Democrats have already been criticized for not giving Democrats enough time to prepare for the vote.
Democrats have been pushing to vote on the GOP bill by Wednesday.
Democrats have said they plan to vote by the end of the week, but the bill has yet to be finalized.
The Republican plan is likely to come up against opposition from some of the country’s most conservative Republican senators, including Sens.
Mike Lee (R., Utah), Ted Cruz (R.
Texas), and John Cornyn (R.-Texas), as well as Sens.
Rand Paul (R, Ky.), Mike Lee, and Rob Portman (R.).
The Hill’s Sarah Binder contributed to this report.