How to stop Trump from dismantling Medicare and Medicaid, Texas Republican lawmakers say

Texas Republican representatives on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dismantle the federal health care law and roll back Medicaid.

Lawmakers say their bill would give Texans more control over their health care, but it could also allow the Trump administration to repeal parts of the law that help people pay for health care.

The proposal, introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Trump caps UN visit with wild presser | Accuses China of election meddling | Pentagon spending bill clears House | Hawks cheer bill as House votes to kill Medicare cutsSenate passes Medicaid bill, but Democrats call for end to ‘chaos’ in health care MORE (R-Texas), could give Trump a chance to roll back the law without having to rely on Congress to do it.

Cruz and fellow Republicans are aiming to push the bill through Congress as soon as Thursday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellFord attorneys slam FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation for not interviewing Ford, witnesses McConnell accuses Dems of hypocrisy over Kavanaugh lawsuit All the while Trump defends hiring Ford MORE (Ky.) said he would hold a procedural vote on the legislation if it doesn’t get to his desk.

Trump has said he will not sign the bill.

McConnell has said the bill should not go through the Senate and instead should be sent to Trump for his signature.

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In a sign that Trump is unlikely to sign the legislation, Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted to advance the legislation through a procedural move that allows a simple majority of Senate Republicans to advance legislation.

A procedural vote, known as a cloture motion, can be used to force a vote on legislation that is no longer on the Senate’s agenda.

But Senate Democrats are pressing Republicans to allow a vote to advance it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Harry Mason ReidKavanaugh furor intensifies as calls for new testimony grow Dems can’t ignore history — Charles Krauthammer calls for Kavanaugh hearing to be postponed until after midterms The Hill’s Morning Report — Senate panel to vote on Kavanaugh confirmation MORE (D-Nev.) on Thursday accused Republicans of using the procedural move to make it harder for Trump to veto the bill if he did not sign it.

Democrats say Trump could veto the legislation as soon if he believes it will not advance in the Senate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernard (Bernie) SandersFlake to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation Biden is Democrat feared by GOP Kavanaugh tactics divide Democrats MORE (I-Vt.), the top-ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, said on Thursday that the bill is likely to be vetoed.

“If you are not going to do what you say you’re going to Do, I think it is fair to say that you might as well say you can’t do it,” he said.

Sanders said Republicans are trying to force Democrats to vote against the bill on the floor.

He said Democrats are trying “to get votes in that the President can veto.”

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp Mary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkauHeitkamp: No ‘right’ to bear arms against federal government; we should support the Constitution and uphold our values”Sen. Chris Murphy Christopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDems have ‘totally lost it’ on immigration bill Murphy: No need to push for more immigration legislation on Kavanaugh The Hill will test Kavanaugh’s independence and independence from Trump in final showdown MORE (N.Y.), the chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, is a strong proponent of the bill and said Thursday that Republicans need to go ahead and pass it.

He added that he was confident that it will pass.

Heitkauer, a former White House budget official, is the first Democrat to endorse the legislation.

She said she had “great faith” that the legislation would pass.”

There is a very large group of Democrats who are on board with the bill, who will be able to vote for it.

They know it’s a good bill,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed.