When the news broke that the Senate would vote on a new healthcare law in less than 48 hours, it was unclear exactly how the bill would affect lawyers.
The answer is simple.
It would make it harder for them to practice.
The Senate voted down the repeal bill on Friday.
The measure is opposed by the bar association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Attorneys General, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
The senators voted to override the governor’s veto, which is unusual.
In the past, Senate rules have allowed for a simple majority to override a veto.
But in the current session, the Senate was down four votes, and they had to go to a 60-vote threshold to override, meaning a tie.
“The reason we did it was because it’s hard to defend your position in the Senate,” Sen. John Thune John Randolph ThuneGOP senator accuses Dems of playing politics with Trump impeachment moves GOP leaders delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week FBI investigation GOP leaders postpone Kavanaugh confirmation vote MORE (R-S.D.) said in a statement.
“This is the most consequential legislation in our nation’s history, and it will do a lot to damage the legal profession in our country.”
He added that if the Senate votes down the bill, “this legislation will not only undermine the legal community but it will hurt the people of our state.”
The House passed a version of the legislation on Thursday, and Sen. Rand Paul Randal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Conservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves $2.1B for hurricane relief MORE (Ky.) told reporters that the bill was “a terrible bill.”
Rep. Ron DeSantis Ron DeNantisGOP lawmaker says he has no plans to support Donald Trump’s bid for president House Dems to use new anti-Trump voting rules to delay Senate vote on Senate healthcare bill, GOP sources say MORE (Fla.), the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, called the bill “a disaster.”
Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill’s Morning Report — Kavanaugh hearing begins for FBI on Kavanaugh accuser’s allegations Election Countdown: Dems raising millions in fight for House | Trump campaign braces for 2018 midterms | Dems vow to hold candidates to task on Kavanaugh MORE (W.
Va.) said on Twitter that the legislation “should have been a no-brainer.”
Rep.(D-Wash.) added, “This bill is a disaster.”
Both Manchin and Manchin were members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell GOP leaning toward Arizona sex crimes bill GOP senator says Trump is ‘the president of all Americans’ McConnell says Kavanaugh accuser ‘has no credibility’ MORE (I-Ky.) is expected to sign the repeal legislation.
It is unclear how the Senate will vote on the bill if it passes the House.
If the Senate does not take action on the repeal, it will likely be a sign of how divided the GOP is over healthcare reform, according to two congressional aides familiar with the matter.
That is a problem for the Trump administration, which has been pressing Republicans to pass legislation before the deadline of April 15.
“It is really hard to imagine that Senate Majority Whip (John) Cornyn John CornynGOP says Kavanaugh accusers have ‘no credibility’ GOP senator questions whether Kavanaugh told truth in hearing: report Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills in Kavanaugh hearing | Bipartisan group seeks to delay ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ rules | Dems seek ‘fresh look’ on opioid rules MORE will not be able to secure enough votes to overcome the filibuster for the bill.
The House, however, is likely to take up the legislation and have it approved before then.
The Trump administration has said that the administration believes it can secure 60 votes to pass the bill without the help of Democrats, but GOP leaders are worried that could make it difficult to override McConnell’s veto.
A Senate Republican aide told Politico that McConnell could have the bill passed without Democrats, without needing Democratic support.
It’s unclear if the GOP will allow that to happen.
A source close to Senate Republican leadership said the plan is to get a procedural vote on Thursday night to allow for a filibuster vote.
The source did not know how long that would take, but the bill could be in play before then if Republicans want to go that route.
“I think the Democrats are very nervous about the Senate going to a filibuster. “
We’ve seen it happen,” he said on Fox News Sunday.
“I think the Democrats are very nervous about the Senate going to a filibuster.
The Democrats have been saying, ‘we need a vote to kill the bill.’
And so they are very worried about the outcome of that vote.”
Republicans have said that any Democratic support for the repeal would have to come from the