- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) moved last week to fast-track a bill passed by the House to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act. It will now skip the Senate's committee process and go straight onto the Senate calendar for action.
- Although it hasn't yet been scheduled, McConnell said the reconciliation bill will be looked at after the week-long Thanksgiving recess, when lawmakers reconvene Nov. 30.
- McConnell refuted speculation the GOP might forgo a repeal of Planned Parenthood as part of the package.
The issue of defunding Planned Parenthood could play a pivotal role in whether the legislation gets sufficient support, as moderate Republicans have pushed back against that portion.
On the other hand, some other Republicans say they will oppose it because it doesn't go far enough to repeal the ACA.
Even if it does get the required support of 51 senators, however, the legislation appears to be doomed. As previously reported, the Obama Administration has said President Obama would veto the measure if it does reach his desk.