Senate Finance Committee votes to move $1B bill to fund Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP
Senate Finance Chairman Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., voted Tuesday to move Senate Bill 1185 to the Senate floor, where it would be discussed for up to 90 minutes.
The bill is named after Sen. Jim Inhofe, R.I., the powerful conservative Republican who authored the landmark “Godzilla” resolution, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2005.
It calls for a $1.5 trillion spending plan to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or the Affordable Healthcare Act, which is a $10.8 trillion plan to provide health care for everyone.
“We’re working on an amendment to get that bill up there,” Enzi said.
“The Senate Finance committee has the ability to do that.
It’s a bipartisan bill.
It does not need to be a partisan bill.”
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R.-Idaho, is seen here with Sen. Mike Enzieg and Sen. Dan Sullivan, R., after the committee voted to move SB 1185 from the Senate to the House floor.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The bill passed in the Senate in April, but failed to advance to the full chamber.
A similar version was passed in February, but was not passed.
Enzi has pushed the bill since January.
It is not clear whether Senate Finance Chairwoman Deb Fischer, R-, Wyoming, will introduce the bill this year.
She has been the only Republican in the chamber to vote against it.
“I’m glad that we have a bill to work with and I’m confident that it will be a success,” Enziger said.