On Sunday July 2nd, New York Magazine reported that Senate…

On Sunday July 2nd, New York Magazine reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to score two revised versions of the BCRA. Topher Spiro, Vice President for Health Policy and a Senior Fellow for Economic Policy at American Progress tweeted Sunday morning that this is a “code red” alert for those concerned about the bill passing, adding that Republicans are “close to a deal.” Although last week’s procedural vote was delayed it’s imperative that we flood the lines, securing NO votes and reaching undecideds. Since McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in order to make the bill eligible for a floor vote without committee markup, the bill is on the fast-track to passing, without debate, without experts weighing, without ample time for the public and experts to review the CBO score. Because they are using a process called reconciliation to fast-track the bill, Republicans only need 51 votes, rather than the usual 60. However, the tradeoff is that they must allow an unlimited number of amendments to the bill during the vote-a-rama. This presents an opportunity for Dems to get creative. If Dems file thousands and thousands of amendments and call for a vote on each, they could hold off the bill in perpetuity. This week, call Republican senators (and their health care legislative assistant – list above) who are undecided and let them know you oppose the bill, and call Democratic senators and remind them that you want them to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to delay the vote on the bill.

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