Welcome to the start of a nail-biter of a week! Serious cracks started emerging in the chances for passage of the Graham-Cassidy Bill over the weekend, causing the Senate GOP to scramble and start making some desperate, last minute changes. Things are likely to heat up dramatically over the next 48 hours, so stay tuned, and keep calling 202-224-3121 to voice your opinion!
What's happening this week?:
- Monday, September 25
- Press Conference with Sen. Casey at 11:00 a.m. in room G-12 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building-Sen. Casey and others will meet with representatives from patient and advocacy organizations.
- Senate Finance Committee Hearing to consider the Graham-Cassidy Proposal today at 2:00 PM EST. You can see the witness list and live stream the event online at the link, and look for it to be broadcast on C-SPAN. Thanks to all of you who wrote and submitted testimony!
- Call-in Day for disability groups to voice opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill being considered by the Senate.
- Tuesday, September 26
- Press Conference with Sen. Casey at 11:30 a.m. on the east Capitol lawn near the Senate wing of the Capitol-with Sens. Wyden, Stabenow, Van Hollen, Duckworth, and Hassan to address the effect of Graham-Cassidy on people with disabilities and the changes to Medicaid.
- Speak Out Event to stop Graham-Cassidy at 3:00 p.m. on the east lawn of the Capitol grounds.
Here's a brief rundown of what went down over the weekend, starting with last Friday:
- Late Friday afternoon, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) announced he could not support the bill without CBO scores, and wants to take a more bipartisan approach, returning to "regular order."
- CNN announces a one-hour prime time debate this evening between Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) defending their Single Payer proposal, versus Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsy Graham (R-SC) defending their eponymous bill. Tonight on CNN at 9:00 PM EST. Pass the popcorn!
- On Sunday, Ted Cruz (R- TX) announced his opposition to the bill as it currently stands, because it does not contain amendments he has submitted. With McCain and Rand Paul (R-KY) already signaling "no" votes, this would doom the bill.
- Senator Lisa Collins (R-ME) also announced that she did not see a way for her to arrive at a "yes" vote under the current circumstances, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the other "no" vote on the last repeal effort, has remained uncommitted.
- Senate leaders had already been trying to sweeten the deal to Alaska in an effort to convince Sen. Murkowski to vote for the bill. Yesterday, they came out with even more bill revisions to benefit Alaska, Arizona, and Kentucky, to woo the holdouts. You can read more about the revisions and how they benefit these key states here.