The Senate could vote on a sweeping bill to gut the Affordable Care Act by the end of the year, but the House is likely to have to do it on its own.
The Republican-controlled Senate is scheduled to take up the legislation Thursday, but Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told reporters on Friday that there’s still time for GOP lawmakers to make their voices heard.
“It’s very much in the hands of members of Congress to make sure that we pass something that we think is going to be better for our constituents and that’s why we’re going to continue working with them on this legislation,” Ryan said.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Senate has yet to take action on the bill.
The House has already passed a version of the measure, but it’s not expected to become law before the end.
If the House passes the bill, it would become law by the start of 2019.
Republicans are set to move quickly on the legislation.
The bill has already been passed by the Senate and is awaiting a vote in the House, where it will be amended to meet some of the health care goals of the Senate bill.
Democrats are also expected to be involved in the debate, with several House Democrats publicly pledging their support for the bill after the House passed its version.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) is pictured at a news conference in the Capitol on Feb. 1, 2021.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)
(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)The House is expected to take a vote on the Senate legislation on Friday.