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Reconciliation to be Addressed After August Recess

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) has confirmed that the Budget Committee will not address reconciliation legislation until after the August recess. Reconciliation is a process that imposes rules of debate on the Senate and allows passage with 51 votes instead of the usual 60. Chairman Price says that House Republicans are still debating what measures to include in the reconciliation package. The Republican’s budget resolution set a deadline of July 24 for House and Senate committees of jurisdiction to develop a plan for reconciliation. Missing the deadline, however, does not prevent the Senate from using reconciliation at a later point in time through the end of the congressional session. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made assurances that the Senate will consider using budget reconciliation for repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), though there is no schedule for doing so as of yet. The chairmen of the Senate committees with health care jurisdiction have also announced that while they will not report reconciliation legislation by the July 24 deadline, future action on reconciliation will still be taken.

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