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Senate GOP Close to Resurrecting Healthcare Replacement for Obamacare

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[INAUDIBLE] for sure.

Well, in the domestic scene, Congress-- you know,

Lindsey Graham has come forth with a proposal that may well

gather the support needed in his fellow senators to pass

to repeal and replace Obamacare with block grants

to the states.

Do you want to talk about that?

Yeah.

Well, let me tell you something straight up,

as they like to say.

This is a-- not only a serious effort, Pat.

This really could get passed.

They're pretty much one vote away.

Is it going to be Lisa Murkowski?

If they can get Lisa Murkowski to agree,

they're probably going to get this bill passed to Senate.

They're right now probably at 49 votes or so.

I have been told by senior administration officials

that the president two months ago actually told the vice

president to get working behind the scenes on a health care

replacement deal.

And that's what the vice president

has done the last eight weeks.

And hence, here we are with the Graham-Cassidy bill.

And think about this, Pat, for a moment.

It's actually a stroke of genius.

The president-- and we hear all this about Chuck and Nancy

and the three-month deal with Democrats.

Think about what that just did.

He took away Harvey and Irma in terms of Senate floor time.

He took away anything with the budget for three months

in terms of Senate floor time.

So guess what?

That's right.

Now there's Senate floor time to debate Graham-Cassidy and get

that done before September 30 because the budget runs out

on September 30.

You've got about 10, 11 days left.

So they've got to get that done before September 30.

Why do they have to get it done before that time?

Because when the budget runs out,

so does the budget reconciliation process run out,

which means 50 votes are needed before September 30.

After September 30, it's 60 votes.

You know, with Lisa Murkowski--

I don't know how much of a maverick she is.

But Alaska is a small state.

And it seems like the amount of goodies

that could be given to Alaska to get that vote would

be pretty small beans considering

some of the other things that are at stake.

Well, you can be sure the horse trading is in full force.

Hence, one of the reasons--

I'm not suggesting horse trading is happening today necessarily

at the Senate policy luncheon.

But Mike Pence, remember, will be in New York this morning

for the UN speech by the president,

then shuttling back to DC for the Senate policy luncheon

today.

That should tell you something as we all

read between the lines.

And then he'll head back to New York.

So yes, Lisa Murkowski is right in the crosshairs

of all of this.

And let the horse trading begin, Pat.

[CHUCKLING]

Well, you also have been speaking

with the budget director, Mick Mulvaney, on "Faith Nation."

He thinks tax reform can indeed get past this year.

What's your take on that?

Well, that's right.

We're going to speak to the budget director, Mick Mulvaney.

That is Wednesday on the CBN News Facebook page.

"Faith Nation," the show, 12:30 Eastern, by the way--

do you like the plug?

I had to do that, Pat--

cross-promotion, right?

But yes, Mick Mulvaney believes tax reform can get done.

And here's the dot, dot, dot to that, Pat.

Can it get done this year?

You know, all along, the White House has wanted tax reform

to get done by Thanksgiving.

They believe if it gets done by Thanksgiving,

you can have that effect in the economy.

So you get the six- to nine-month effect,

where the tax cuts get rolling.

And then by the midterms, you're in pretty good shape.

That is-- there's is no sense that that is going to get

done by Thanksgiving.

I think you're looking at after the first of the year.

But we'll see.

I can tell you this-- that the new budget coming up--

what Republicans are hoping for, what Mick Mulvaney

is hoping for, is to budget $1.5 trillion

of tax cuts into their budget configuration-- a lot of math,

a lot of smoke and mirrors.

But the bottom line is that they can do that.

It'll make Republicans hopefully have

to take less time dealing with certain tax breaks

they're going to have to eliminate to pay for the thing.

Well, now just procedural-- and then we got to move on.

But the House is supposed to be the originator of tax bills

budget because of its nature.

This is coming out of the Senate.

And they're going to give it to the House.

But there's-- not going to be able to amend it whatsoever.

Whatever they have is going to be set in stone.

Am I correct in that?

Well, they'll start it in the House for sure.

And then it'll go to the Senate and then,

of course, the process after that.

So, I mean, once again, here's part of the problem.

And the White House has been better on tax reform

than they were in health care.

But once again, how it actually-- the process

plays out-- that is all to be determined.

I can tell you this.

Whatever the process is, it's going to go down, if you will,

with 50 votes in the Senate for sure when it gets to the Senate

because they won't have anywhere near 60 to get

tax reform passed.

But with the vice president, they'll

have that extra vote to take it over the top, right?

That's right.

That's right.

They'll have 50.

And he'll be in the chair.

And he's been talking about loving that seat in the chair

because that's going to be crucial to all of this.

Amen.

David Brody, thank you so much.

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