Policy Spotlight: Buckle up, it’s reconciliation time

July 25, 2017

The Senate is careening toward a full on reconciliation process on their latest attempt at Obamacare repeal. What is the motion to proceed, is vote-a-rama a real thing or a circus ride, and what? The Senate will vote until 3a? From the motion to proceed to vote-a-rama, Brookings’ Molly Reynolds has a great explainer to get […]

RELEASE: DeMint Launches ‘Conservative Partnership Institute’ to Support Conservative Movement

July 25, 2017

Today, former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint announced that he will serve as Chairman of the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI), a new nonprofit focused on providing conservative leaders and staff in Washington with the tools, tactics, resources and strategies to advance conservative policies in Congress. “Conservatives have built a strong system of electing new leaders to […]

BCRA unlikely to survive the Parliamentarian? Hold your horses.

July 24, 2017

On Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders released a document claiming that the Senate Parliamentarian was prepared to invalidate large portions of the BCRA as “noncompliant” with the Byrd Rule – the law that governs consideration of Senate reconciliation bills. Specifically, Sanders’ document highlighted restrictions on tax credits being used for abortion, and defunding of Palnned Parenthood, […]

The procedural origins of the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill

July 20, 2017

I’ve written here about how, in a little noticed floor fight, Senator Mike Lee laid the groundwork for the Senate’s first meaningful (that is, a vote at majority threshold, not at 60) vote on Obamacare repeal in 2015. For students of the Senate, the process by which this occurred is as instructive as it was […]

The Mike Lee Moment

July 19, 2017

In this latest iteration of the GOP health care drama, there are a handful of Senators who are defining the debate around Obamacare repeal: Rand Paul and Susan Collins, for their flat out refusal to support the BCRA in any form (though for opposite reasons); Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito for their unabashed opposition to […]

Healthcare Roundup

July 18, 2017

Like President Trump realized earlier this year, healthcare is complicated. Between reconciliation, the Byrd rule, Title I regulations and risk pools, there’s a lot to keep track of in this year’s healthcare reform debate. Check out the resources below for some guideposts. On the Senate’s bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 Healthcare expert […]

Policy Spotlight: Is There One Type of Trump Voter?

July 10, 2017

Since November 8, 2016, we’ve been living in a political paradigm shift. The desires and will of the electorate – difficult to predict on a good day – have shifted seismically, forming new coalitions and disintegrating others. In particular, the Trump voters – who they are, where they live, and, ultimately, what they want – continue […]