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Dallas Morning News: Rep. Flores advocates using budget tool to repeal Affordable Care Act

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Washington, April 23, 2015 | comments

By Michael Marks 
Rep. Bill Flores, chairman of the powerful Republican Study Committee, called today for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act through a seldom-used budget procedure.

Along with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Flores issued a statement supporting reconciliation, which the Senate could use to repeal the ACA with a simple majority. President Barack Obama would almost certainly veto such a measure.

Flores and Lee said in a joint statement that they “both support using narrow reconciliation language which is focused on the full repeal of Obamacare.”

“We urge the budget conferees to consider the concerns of the American people who want to see this unpopular and detrimental law repealed once and for all,” they said.

Lee heads the Senate Steering Committee, which is sometimes referred to as the RSC’s counterpart in the upper chamber.

Republicans are on the cusp of coming to a budget agreement, but there are competing views on how to use reconciliation. Repealing the ACA seems to be the main objective, but other policy priorities, such as tax or entitlement reform, also have advocates in Congress.

Flores listed repealing the ACA as a top priority of his RSC chairmanship. The House voted to repeal the law in February again, as it has dozens of times since the ACA was enacted in 2010.

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