McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill


And in April, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scrapped the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees to confirm Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. The question is which senator will take on Republican congressman Fred Upton's role and broker a last-minute compromise.

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"You've got to have 60 votes and we don't have 60 votes at this point", Grassley said. His tweet Tuesday and a previous one over the weekend raised new questions about how he views the tax overhaul and the health-care plan.

Trump and Spicer both did not address a critical part of the health-care and tax-reform processes: The Senate already has the ability to pass both bills with a majority vote.

More differences between House and Senate Republicans about how North Carolina should spend and tax for the next two years are coming out. Even after Senate Republicans announced they would be drafting their own health bill, though, it is unclear if the conference has the votes it needs to pass a bill.

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Ernst says the Senate will be able to make individual changes to Obama's law where only a simple majority vote is required.

Or, as Politico reports on the Trump tweet, "bills to repeal and replace Obamacare and overhaul the USA tax code are both expected to move through Congress via a process called reconciliation that would require just 50 "yes" votes in the Senate".

The American Health Care Act, the House GOP plan to replace Obamacare, was pulled from the floor in March as the party failed to muster enough support to pass it.

The Republican-controlled House remains on track toward getting its North Carolina government budget bill approved by the end of the week.

North Carolina lawmakers should not have to choose between the House or Senate budget.