The U.S. Senate is currently considering Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 3. This resolution will set forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2017 and set forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026.
Senator Sanders has proposed Amendment 20 to this resolution that would provide protection for Medicare and Medicaid.
Amendment No. 20 Mr. SANDERS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment and call up amendment No. 20. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The clerk will report. The bill clerk read as follows: The Senator from Vermont [Mr. Sanders], for Ms. Hirono, proposes an amendment numbered 20. Mr. SANDERS. I ask unanimous consent that the reading of the amendment be dispensed with. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. The amendment is as follows: (Purpose: To protect the Medicare and Medicaid programs) At the end of title IV, add the following: SEC. 4__. POINT OF ORDER AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PRIVATIZE MEDICARE OR LIMIT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MEDICAID. (a) Point of Order.--It shall not be in order in the Senate to consider any bill, joint resolution, motion, amendment, amendment between the Houses, or conference report that would-- (1) privatize the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395 et seq.) or turn the program into a voucher system; (2) increase the eligibility age under the Medicare program; or (3) block grant the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396 et seq.), impose per capita spending caps on State Medicaid programs, or decrease coverage under such program from current levels. (b) Waiver and Appeal.--Subsection (a) may be waived or suspended in the Senate only by an affirmative vote of three- fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. An affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members of the Senate, duly chosen and sworn, shall be required to sustain an appeal of the ruling of the Chair on a point of order raised under subsection (a).
At the present time, four Democratic are co-sponsoring Amendment 20 that was introduced by Senator Sanders for the amendment sponsor, Senator Hirono. The Amendment needs more co-sponsors and it needs Republican co-sponsors.
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