There are conflicting reports coming out of Washington, D.C. regarding whether the parliamentarian of the United States Senate has said that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House of Representatives last month meets the rules for a simple majority vote. Republicans claim that the parliamentarian has ruled that the AHCA satisfies the requirements of the budget reconciliation process. Meanwhile, Democrats claim that the parliamentarian has only ruled that the bill as a whole meets the requirements, but has not yet ruled on specific provisions.
For the Senate to use the budget reconciliation process (which only requires a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes required in the Senate for most matters) the provisions in the bill must relate to the federal budget.
Among the provisions that many people think might be stricken by the parliamentarian because they do not relate directly to the federal budget are the provisions that:
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