The bill could also keep private insurers from using user fees to keep the ACA public health insurance exchange program alive.
The bill also could cut off all federal funding for any ACA programs.
Leaders of the House Rules Committee posted a copy of its version of the bill, H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018, on the committee website earlier this week. Analysts at the Congressional Budget Office posted a report on the possible budget effects of the bill Friday.
The House Rules Committee “is likely to meet the week” starting Sept. 4 to structure the process for bringing H.R. 3354 to the House floor, Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, the committee chairman, writes in an announcement posted on the committee website.
The House Rules Committee develops the guidelines that determine how much time the House floor will devote to debate on a bill, and what kinds of amendments House members will debate on the House floor.
The House Rules PDF version of the bill, which has a date of Aug. 14 in the page footers and a date of Aug. 16 at the start of the text, is 1,305 PDF pages long.
The bill incorporates eight other budget bills. Division F, the section that covers federal spending on health, labor and human services programs, is based on the text of H.R. 3358, an appropriations act introduced by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. The House Appropriations Committee approved the bill July 24.
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