Sanders Statement on Health Care Reconciliation Process

WASHINGTON, June 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Wednesday on the health care bill reconciliation process:

"In the U.S. Senate, it is the parliamentarian’s office that determines whether or not a reconciliation bill is in compliance with the rules of the Senate.

"That is not the function of the budget chairman. If it was, we could save taxpayers money, and get rid of the parliamentarian’s office.

"I am extremely concerned that the chairman of the Budget Committee, in an unprecedented manner, appears to have made that determination himself with regard to the Trump-Ryan health care bill that was passed several weeks ago in the House.

"As I understand it, the parliamentarian has made a narrow ruling with respect to the jurisdiction of a provision in this bill that would eliminate health care subsidies for low-income Native Americans.

"I look forward to hearing from the parliamentarian as soon as possible on the broader ruling on whether the Trump-Ryan health care bill is in compliance with the instructions contained in the budget resolution requiring this bill to save at least $1 billion in the HELP Committee and at least $1 billion within the Finance Committee."