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Congressman Arrington's proposed amendments to health care legislation now a part of bill

(source: Congressman Arrington's office) (source: Congressman Arrington's office)

We are following the latest developments with the Republican health care legislation, otherwise known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Today our district’s representative, Congressman Jodey Arrington, met with President Trump and members of the House Republican Conference in a closed meeting at Capitol Hill.

They discussed four amendments Arrington proposed to the bill during last week’s hearing in the House Budget Committee and his office says now those items have been added into the legislation.

This comes after we reported Monday that Representative Dustin Burrows and 64 of his colleagues in the Texas House and Senate had signed off on a letter to our state’s Federal representatives calling for full repeal of Obamacare.

The four amendments Arrington proposed are as follows:

  1. To give states the flexibility to design their own Medicaid program, where states could opt for a block grant of Medicaid funds rather than solely a per-capita basis.
  2. Create work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents to receive Medicaid.
  3. Freeze Medicaid expansion sooner than January 1, 2020
  4. His office says the changes would provide $900 billion in tax relief

Congressman Arrington says these are changes he pushed for during last week’s hearing for the bill in the House Budget Committee he sits on.

According to Congressman Arrington’s office, these changes are now a part of the AHCA, in what is known as a “manager’s amendment.”

That means they are an addition put into the bill after it has moved through the budget committee.

The AHCA now moves to the House Committee on Rules on Wednesday, where they will consider the amendments before the legislation can move to the House floor for a vote.

We're told a vote on the House floor could happen as early as this week if the bill keeps moving forward.

The legislation would need 218 votes in the House to move to the Senate. 

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