Parliamentarian gives Senate GOP one month to repeal Obamacare


The Senate parliamentarian has set a firm deadline on the Senate’s Obamacare repeal efforts, saying that if the chamber doesn’t act before the end of the month, it will lose the ability to pass a bill under the 2017 budget rules that help avoid a filibuster.

Sen. Bernard Sanders revealed the decision by the nonpartisan parliamentarian, calling it a “major victory” for those fighting to keep the 2010 Affordable Care Act intact.

Congress passed a budget earlier this year to speed potential passage of an Obamacare repeal, using a process known as “reconciliation.” That allows the majority to circumvent a filibuster, but the legislation must be drawn within tight rules.


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