The Senate appears to be keeping three major Affordable Care Act tax-blocker provisions in the “Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018″ (ECAA) bill.
Members of the Senate have voted 81-18 to let a new, revised version of the ECAA anti-shutdown bill reach the Senate floor without facing the threat of a filibuster, or endless round of debate organized by bill opponents.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has said that he believes enough Senate Democrats will support the ECAA bill for it to pass in the Senate.
The Senate is streaming live video of ECAA proceedings here.
Members of the Senate voted Friday to keep an earlier version of the ECAA bill from reaching the Senate floor. The version that stalled on Friday would give the government permission to operate until Feb. 16.
The new, revised version that’s on the Senate agenda today would give the government permission to operate only until Feb. 8. The date change appears to be the main difference between the new version and the version that stalled on Friday. The ACA tax provisions in the ECAA bill appear to be unchanged.
(Related: Major Health Tax Blockers Reach Senate Floor)
The law that gives the federal government permission to spend money on its operations expired at midnight Friday. Many federal agencies are shutting themselves down
The ECAA bill would give the federal government temporary permission to spend money. The bill would also extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
The Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions
Provisions in the ECAA measure would
Delay the start of the Affordable Care Act Cadillac plan tax for two extra years.
Delay the reinstatement of the ACA medical device tax for two years.
Delay the reinstatement of the health insurer fee for one year.
Analysts at the Congressional Budget Office have estimated that the ACA tax provisions could reduce federal government revenue by about $29 billion over 10 years.