Leading House moderate Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania complained that the final House measure passed May 4 was "haphazardly constructed and hastily considered".
The House of Representatives narrowly passed its national healthcare bill earlier this month, called the American Health Care Act, which would slash federal Medicaid funding by more than $800 billion over the next decade. "That's your prerogative. I hope to goodness we'll get to a solution and get to a solution very quickly".
"This was nearly unanimous", said Nelson, who serves as the finance chairman. It was bipartisan support. "We could speed through here and save the people of the state some money by passing something through".
That 217-213 tally appeared to be a rare legislative victory for them and President Donald Trump, even if the vote was a hard one for some rank-and-file House Republicans, who had qualms.
Senator Rob Portman of OH wrote in an op-ed Monday that he and other senators tasked with writing a healthcare bill have continued to engage with governors, "many of who share my concerns about Medicaid but who also want more flexibility to ensure they can design health care programs that meet the individual needs of their states".
The budget proposal to be debated by the full Senate next week assumes a 3.9 percent increase in revenues, an estimate agreed upon months ago by House and Senate leaders and the Baker administration. Indeed, the news came as a shock to some of the legislators Bloomberg interviewed; they didn't even know the bill hadn't been sent.
Finance Committee members also removed a provision advocated by Senate Republicans to roll back income tax rates by 20 percent that, when fully in effect, would cost the state $380 million a year in lost revenue, and ditched a tiered severance tax rate for coal that would have amounted to $50 million a year in lost tax revenue. But that didn't stop Justice from sitting in a chair in front of the Senate president's podium to have a heart-to-heart chat with Senate members. "We need to provide them with some level of certainty". And it lowers taxes. Dissension among the Republican ranks would have to be virtually insurmountable to deter the majority leader from his quest to bring legislation to the floor, allowing Republicans to say they've fulfilled their Obamacare repeal promises.
The House bill eliminated the personal income tax for Social Security for incomes less than $100,000 in a period of three years.
And then there is the House proposal for a border-adjusted tax that would be levied on imports but exempt exports.
Under the House version passed Thursday, the governor's authority applies only when there has been a budget passed and vetoed by the governor, or when the Legislature fails to pass a budget to avoid a government shutdown on July 1. The bill would require department heads to identify essential and non-essential employees.
"West Virginia would be treated the same", Boley said.
The action came on the sixth day of a special legislative session called by Gov. Jim Justice to set a general fund budget for fiscal year 2018.
Delegate Pat McGeehan (R-Hancock) voted against the plan calling it "another massive tax bill".
The Legislature budgeted for an extra 10 days this year to allow for a 100-day session.
The House will reconvene at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, and Carmichael and just one other senator will convene at 11 a.m. Friday as a part of the Senate's break.
"We were definitely consulted on specific ideas and input", said Alex Hendrie, director of tax policy at the conservative Americans for Tax Reform.style="text-align: center;"