This happened today as the new 115th Congress started off with a bang…
The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare.
Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolutionTuesday that includes “reconciliation instructions” that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered.
Making matters worse:
That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act. According to the Wall Street Journal, the budget resolution could be passed by both houses as early as next week.
Vox breaks it down here. Of course they have no plan to replace it with, and Trump supporters who rely heavily on Obamacare have already let it be known they didn’t realize this would happen when they helped put Trump over the top in the red states.
What happens next remains to be seen, but Mitch McConnell and his band of Senate plunderers are coming out of the gate with a mission.