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On the Motion (Motion to Waive All Applicable Budgetary Discipline Re: Amdt. No. 270)

Jul 25, 2017 at 9:22 p.m. ET.

This was the first Senate vote on a proposal to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA; aka Obamacare). The proposal at issue in this vote was the Better Care Reconciliation Act with additional provisions by Sen. Ted Cruz. This proposal would have:

  • Reduced the federal deficit by $420 billion.
  • Reduced Medicaid spending by $756 billion.
  • Eliminated the individual and employer mandate penalties.
  • Resulted in 22 million individuals fewer having health insurance than under current law.
  • Added $182 billion in new funding for states to help with premiums and $45 billion in new spending on substance abuse treatment and recovery.
  • Allowed use of Health Savings Accounts to be used to pay premiums.
  • Paused federal dollars to Medicaid from going to Planned Parenthood.
  • Included a provision by Sen. Ted Cruz that would allow insurers to sell unregulated plans if they also sell a regulated plan.

(Sources: CBO, Senate Budget Committee)

The vote was brought to the floor under the rules of the budget reconciliation process, in which one bill each year becomes immune to a Senate filibuster, i.e. it requires a simple majority rather than the 3/5ths threshold to pass, so long as the bill meets certain conditions related to the budget.

The Senate parliamentarian had previously ruled that provisions in the draft did not comply with the rules of the budget reconciliation process. This vote was to waive the conditions required by the budget reconciliation process. Waiving those requirements requires a 3/5ths vote. This vote failed and the proposal was ruled out of order.

The vote was on S.Amdt. 270, an amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 1628, the House health care bill.

This vote was related to amendment S.Amdt. 270 (115th) (Mitch McConnell) to H.R. 1628 (115th). The title of the amendment is S.Amdt. 270 (McConnell) to H.R. 1628: Of a perfecting nature..


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Yea 43%
Nay 57%

Motion Rejected. 3/5 Required. Source:

The Nay votes represented 60% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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