GOP Senators Move to Strike Down Rule That Lawmakers Must Wait For CBO Score to Vote

Republicans in the Senate released a budget resolution on Friday that would eliminate a rule which prevents votes on a bill until 28 hours after its Congressional Budget Office score is released.

The rule, implemented in 2015 by Republicans, was designed to make sure that lawmakers and their constituents could understand the budgetary impact of the committee-passed bill before it was voted upon. The requirements regarding CBO scores were not changed by the resolution.

The move could speed up the process for Republicans when they propose their next attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Previous attempts to do so by the Republicans have so far failed to garner enough votes to pass, and the CBO scores from each of the bills led to public outcry over the millions of people who would lose health coverage under each proposal. Removing the rule clears one of the hurdles for the GOP in its seven-year quest to eliminate Obamacare.

Protesters were removed from the September 25th Senate hearings on the Graham-Cassidy bill, which was the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The CBO did not have sufficient time to release a full analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill before the September 30th deadline, but said millions would be without coverage if the bill became law.