House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act earlier this month, but there's still a chance they might have to vote on it again before the Senate can take it up.
Republicans are using the budget "reconciliation" process to pass their health care bill, which allows them to push legislation through the Senate with a simple majority. But that depends on the bill meeting certain requirements — and one of them is that it reduces the deficit by at least $2 billion over the next decade.
The trouble is that Republicans voted on their House bill without waiting for the Congressional Budget Office, the federal agency that evaluates legislation, to finish its projections, which are expected next week.
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Bloomberg News reported Thursday and NBC News has confirmed that House leaders have not formally sent their bill to the Senate on the chance that it fails to meet the deficit requirements.
"The bill is just being held until CBO issues its final score," Ashlee Strong, a spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan, said in an email.