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"And exactly what the composition of that (bill) is I'm not going to speculate about because it serves no goal", McConnell said. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following a Demo.

McConnell also said he has not asked the White House for input as the Senate devises its own healthcare legislation after the Republican-led House of Representatives passed its version on May 4, but may do so in the future.

Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow testified the tax credits included in the tax reform bill would reduce revenue by $425 million annually by 2020.

The House has repeatedly rejected vouchers.

The budget office said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage.

The bill still contains nearly $1 trillion in tax cuts, mainly for the wealthy. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has put himself at the center of the main GOP working group trying to come up with a bill, along with the chairmen of the three relevant committees.

Senate Republicans have been holding private meetings to narrow differences and produce their own health care package. A much-anticipated congressional analysis of the bill was released Wednesday.

Erasing former President Barack Obama's health care law was a top promise of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, and by congressional GOP candidates since its 2010 enactment. "The challenge for Republicans is that the party doesn't generally believe in forcing people to buy things they don't like (and if you haven't noticed, most healthy young people don't like super pricey health care plans) and that makes it hard to get a decent CBO score". It plans to take another, final vote Thursday and is expected to approve it and send it to the Senate.

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Trump has suggested the IRS won't enforce penalties against people who don't buy coverage, as Obama's individual mandate requires.

Passing the Senate health care overhaul before the recess would give Republicans a significant victory as they break in August.

Sunday is the last day for the Senate to concur on House amendments or adopt conference committee reports.

Republicans in the House have claimed the changes they made in the latest version of the health care bill were all aimed at lowering premiums for consumers. The Kentucky Republican calls that statute "unsustainable".

The delayed criminal justice measures, which are backed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, also include New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger's proposal to reinvest 70 percent of the estimated $262 million of savings over the next decade into efforts to keep ex-offenders from returning to a life of crime.

"We can expect today's CBO analysis will likely show numerous same grave consequences", he said.

Many Senate Republicans have misgivings about the House-passed legislation, which Democrats have said would deprive millions of people of insurance, benefit the wealthy and roll back Obamacare protections such as guaranteed coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

The state House was debating a bill Wednesday that would phase in a $280 million increase in education funding over two years.

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