Kansas bill advanced to increase spending in public schools

The Senate also called for taking money out of Democrats' districts that teacher assistants use to help get teaching licenses and shifted the funding to Republicans' districts.

Johnson said he didn't expect the draft legislation to be made public because it was still too early in the process.

It's a step forward but it doesn't mean Republicans have reached any consensus yet. House Majority Leader Daryl Cowles said later that the "huge" increase in the sales tax bothered him the most.

Republican senators have been meeting for weeks to hash out their differences on health care, of which there are many.

But writing legislation that can pass with only Republican votes has proven agonizing.

"I think that the conversation should always start with, 'how can we help as many kids as possible in meaningful ways", Bernal says.

The House initially had planned to take up tax issues first. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, while noting President Donald Trump recently acknowledged his surprise about how complex health care policy is. Early a little of a surprise to the president who wouldn't have thought health care could be so complicated. "We have to intervene to fix this problem because real people are actually getting hurt".

Many parts of the healthcare industry, such as doctor and hospital groups, have outright opposed the House GOP replacement bill, warning of coverage losses and other damage. While that's not chump change, Bernal says the Senate bill also undermined changes the House made to try to address funding inadequacies.

"I like your optimism".

With Republicans holding a slim Senate majority, McConnell likely needs the cooperation and support of hard-line conservative Republicans such as Senator Ted Cruz who in the past have been hard to corral. Collegiality is the only way it's "remotely possible" to get something passed with the narrow GOP majority, he added. "There are a lot of sticking points".

ABC News reports that while efforts to push similar bills in states like Kansas and Arkansas have petered out, Texas is forging full steam ahead in its quest to become only the second state in the country that seeks to police the bathroom habits of transgender individuals. Do you think they need to tone it down? The White House wants the Senate to pass the bill before Congress adjourns for its month-long August recess. And it highlighted how some provisions in the House bill would produce damaging consequences for many people.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement Wednesday after the Texas Senate declared House Bill 21 "dead".

Others said the CBO score raised concerns about whether there's enough money for high-risk pools, which would be used to cover people who would be priced out of the marketplace if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

After significant debate Wednesday, the Senate voted 18-13 to raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent, then cut all income-tax rates next year with a goal of eventually ending them. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V., who wants to see the Medicaid expansion preserved. "Unfortunately, what was said on the House floor was not true". John Thune of South Dakota and a member of Republican leadership.

Many people in states that under the bill could permit slimmer benefits and higher premiums for customers with pre-existing conditions "would face substantial increases in their out-of-pocket costs", the report said. He said he would delay the system's implementation to 2019.

Republicans are starting to express concern about the lack of progress. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Sen. Gaining the support of the five women in the Republican conference is going to be crucial, because they can only afford to lose two votes to keep things on track. "If that gets rid of my ability to grandstand, I don't like that either". How do you pack all that in? Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and Sen.

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