Economist's Insights

Senate Will have to Wait for Recess, Health Care Vote Expected Soon

Jul 12, 2017

Members of the Senate will have to wait two weeks before heading home for their customer August break. Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced Tuesday that the August recess would be pushed back to August 14 as a result of the lack of progress on health care reform and other items on the Republicans agenda. But the Senate may not be able to drag its feet much longer on health care. Along with the announcement that the recess would be delayed, McConnell also said he expects a vote on the health care bill next week. Reports also show that the ACA’s investment income tax and payroll tax, both aimed at high-earners, may be preserved in the bill to be voted on. The vote on health care could prove difficult as McConnell has so far been unable to secure the 50 votes he needs to push through the health care reform.