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Sunday in the Senate: Health care and lending bank on agenda

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Sunday in the Senate: Health care and lending bank on agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare Sunday session for senators, and on the agenda are efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and revive the federal Export-Import Bank. They’re amendments to a must-pass highway bill that the Senate is trying to complete ahead of a July 31 deadline. If Congress doesn’t act by […]

Sunday in the Senate: Health care and lending bank on agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare Sunday session for senators, and on the agenda are efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law and revive the federal Export-Import Bank.

They’re amendments to a must-pass highway bill that the Senate is trying to complete ahead of a July 31 deadline. If Congress doesn’t act by then, states will lose money for highway and transit projects.

The health care repeal isn’t expected to get the 60 votes needed to move forward. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s bringing it to a vote because it’s a long-sought Republican priority.

The Export-Import Bank probably will have enough votes to clear a procedural hurdle despite conservative opposition. The little-known federal agency underwrites loans to help foreign customers buy U.S. goods.

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