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U.S. House Passes GOP Healthcare; a Spending Bill Keeps Funding for LIHEAP

 

The U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 passed a bill to repeal and replace some provisions of the 2010 healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The Republicans’ replacement, the “American Health Care Act” now heads to the Senate, “where it faces a slim two-seat Republican majority and lots of political uncertainty,” reported the New England Fuel Institute in a Legislative Alert issued after the House vote.

“Any Obamacare replacement that is ultimately approved by the Senate will likely [differ], perhaps considerably, from the bill that narrowly passed the House,” NEFI noted.

Further, NEFI reported in the same Legislative Alert that both the House and Senate on May 3 approved an omnibus spending bill that retains $372 million for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP). President Trump has said he will sign the spending bill into law, NEFI noted.

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