The Senate has already passed legislation to address a wide range of issues that have plagued the Obama administration, including the opioid epidemic, the nuclear agreement with Iran, the fight against Ebola and the ongoing debate over immigration reform.
But as the White House struggles to find a way to bridge partisan divides on the Hill, many Republicans are concerned that the Senate bill will make the law harder to enforce.
“I just don’t see how you can have an agreement with all those other issues and then pass a law that is going to make the laws for those other areas,” Sen. Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsGOP leaders to vote on Kavanaugh next week Trump ‘may consider’ pardoning Arpaio over Kavanaugh comments GOP leaders to decide on Kavanaugh later this year MORE (R-Maine) said in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”
“It’s not clear to me how you could reconcile it.”
Sen. John McCain John Sidney McCainCongress must use bipartisan oversight as the ‘sting’ in defeating ISIS John McCainHouse GOP rejects Trump’s call to increase funding for K-12 education MORE (Ariz.) is another Republican who has been critical of the Senate proposal, saying in a statement Friday that it “fails to address the issues” that the president has raised.
“The Senate bill fails to address key issues that the American people have raised, such as the opioid crisis, the Iran nuclear deal, the Ebola pandemic and the Zika virus,” McCain said.
“The president has been consistent in calling for Congress to pass legislation to deal with these issues, and he is correct that the House passed a bill that would do just that.”
The House bill passed on Friday by a 215-205 vote with five Republicans voting no, including Sens.
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The House legislation would have added $8 billion to the federal government’s budget deficit over the next decade, and $5 billion to Medicare over the same period, but would have left those numbers unchanged.
It also included a number of changes to Medicare benefits and would have required a larger reduction in Medicare premiums for older Americans.GOP leaders are also worried that the legislation would lead to “massive premium increases” for older people, including some plans that would have been allowed under Obamacare to charge older Americans higher premiums.
McCain added that the bill’s Medicaid expansion would not have prevented the cost of covering the uninsured, but that it would have forced “vastly more” federal spending on Medicaid.
Sen. Bill Cassidy William (Bill) Morgan CassidyOvernight Health Care: CBO finds no evidence of serious impact of ACA repeal bill | CBO projects coverage gains for millions of Americans | Trump administration takes steps to roll back protections on pre-existing conditions | ‘We have to have a new deal’ on health care | Dems call for delay on Medicaid expansion | House passes bill on AHCA | Senators debate Trump’s opioid proposal | CBO to release report on Medicaid and opioid fundingHouse Republicans are poised to vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week, but it remains unclear how quickly they will vote on the bill, which was passed by the Senate last month.
On the campaign trail, Trump often criticized Sen. Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioTrump, Dems push back on Trump’s plan to increase taxes on the wealthy | Poll: More than half support bill protecting states from tax increases | Trump says he wants to protect Medicaid expansion and says the opioid problem is ‘getting worse’ MORE (Fla.) for opposing the House bill, but he did not offer specifics when asked Friday about his thoughts on the matter.
The Senate proposal would have raised the tax on high-income earners to 15 percent from 10 percent, and it would also have reduced the threshold for deducting health insurance premiums from individuals’ taxable income.
The GOP’s proposal would also cut the threshold to $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 as a family.
But McCain argued that the proposal would make the individual tax code more complicated than the one proposed by the House.
“That would create a tremendous amount of complexity for people who are not making a lot of money, but are earning very high incomes,” McCain told “ThisWeek.”
“And they would be paying much higher taxes than they would otherwise.
That’s the reason that we have the payroll tax and not the estate tax.”
Senators are also weighing whether to move ahead with a bipartisan compromise to create a new $5.4 trillion deficit over 10 years, a proposal that would also provide additional tax relief to the middle class.
Senators have been considering