June 23, 2017

Texas House rejects attempts to strengthen 'bathroom bill'

29 May 2017, 02:16 | Grady King

It's The Texas Legislature's Last Weekend — For This Session

The Texas GOP Is About To Pass An Anti-LGBT Bathroom Bill Despite North Carolina's Disastrous Example

A glaring exception is border security.

"You've got to be able to provide insurance to the people that are really anxious about their families, that we're not going to dump anybody out of insurance because let's face it: Congress did this to people".

"I think it's dead for the regular session between now and tomorrow", said Rep. Ron Simmons, a Republican from Carrollton in suburban Dallas who pushed a version of the bathroom bill in the Texas House.

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who led health and human services negotiations on the budget, said a provision of the budget will require state officials to track how many therapy providers are available to Medicaid enrollees, "to make sure we're not dropping he ball on any lingering or growing concerns".

Lawmakers were resolving last-minute issues ahead of Monday's final adjournment - but their focus was already shifting to whether Gov. Greg Abbott would order them back to work if a law like the one that caused national uproar and costly boycotts when it was approved past year in North Carolina doesn't pass in Texas.

Justice, as promised, walked from room to room where the various groups trying to settle on a budget strategy had gathered. The Senate now has 52 Republicans and 48 Democrats. "I allow that's a possibility", said Senator Pat Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, who is closely involved in negotiating both issues and favors a rollback of the Medicaid program. "If I had to bet my house, I'd bet we don't get it done". "I'm concerned we have providers leaving and I'm not sure we have the full picture of why they're leaving". The amendments Ryan added to Trumpcare to ensure its passage through the House pushed it so far to the right that his GOP counterparts in the Senate-the more moderate of the two legislative chambers-are now wondering if there's anything they can actually do with it.

House Bill 2343 ($17 million): The term "noncompliant taxpayer" to capture more delinquent holders of sales tax permits.

Hinojosa said she had not received an explanation from the conference committee about why the funding was stripped.

As you may know, the Legislature is required to finish its work by May 29th (140 days after we started). Charles Schwertner said moments before the state Senate gave its final approval.

House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, agreed the adjournment was a wise decision and said he was ready to work toward a budget solution. "Only the Governor can determine when or if there is a special session, and if so, what issues are addressed".

This week, the normally circumspect Mr. McConnell conceded that it was going to be hard to get the votes needed from Republicans to pass a health care bill.

Then the House of Delegates, which had already voted down two different version of the plan, voted unanimously to refuse to consent to the latest passage. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said. The governor's been going from room to room. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) "If states have a lot of flexibilities, those with pre-existing conditions may not be able to get coverage, or maternity benefits may not covered". And the very next thing they must accomplish will be an even more challenging deal to raise the debt ceiling and change the law that created the "sequester" in 2011, officially known as the Budget Control Act.

"We want to thank Senator McConnell for elevating health information technology safety with this national focus", said Russell F. Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norton Healthcare.

A Senate plan is likely to continue subsidies that help low-income Americans with co-pays and deductibles, said third-ranking Republican John Thune of South Dakota.

State budget writers did offer a funding boost to the state's beleaguered child welfare system.

Shortly after President Trump took office, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, met privately with his colleagues to discuss the Republican agenda.

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