Republicans Facing Swiftly Closing Window on Obamacare Repeal


Congressional Republicans returned from their summer recess Tuesday facing a swiftly closing window to repeal Obamacare using GOP votes alone, as a mounting September to-do list and procedural deadlines threatened to doom a fast-track effort that was supposed to be dusted off months ago.

GOP leaders kicked off the year by passing a budget written with a sole purpose — fulfilling their seven-year push to kill off the Affordable Care Act, while avoiding a Democratic filibuster. Yet intraparty squabbles and public pushback caused the effort to sputter in the Senate.

The Senate parliamentarian says those fast-track instructions will expire when the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, meaning it’s time for …

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