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Abortion poses hurdle for Senate healthcare bill


Abortion poses hurdle for Senate healthcare bill
The Hill

Abortion has emerged as a potential stumbling block for Senate Republicans as they seek to craft an ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill that can garner 51 votes.Senators are fretting that a provision in the House healthcare bill that bars financial assistance from being used to buy plans covering abortion will be stripped out under the Senateâs rules of reconciliation. Republicans hope to use that special budgetary procedure to bypass a Democratic filibuster.If the Senate parliamentarian rules that the abortion provision is out of bounds, Republicans could have a problem on their hands.Prohibiting federal funds from going to abortion is a core Republican principle, and it will be difficult to get the healthcare bill to President Trumpâs desk without it being followed. Senate Majority Whip (R-Texas) said itâs unclear how the parliamentarian will rule.

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