According to the CBO, the House version of the health bill would leave 23 million more people uninsured than under the current law. The CBO announced Thursday that it will release its score for the Senate measure early next week.
As senators await the score, they will continue to discuss the draft, with many of them wanting to make tweaks to it.
At some point, McConnell will take the bill to the floor.
The bill’s arrival on the floor will open a 20-hour window for debate, equally divided between Democrats and Republicans. This can be used however members want, including offering amendments and making motions related to the bill.
When that time has expired, the Senate will go into a vote-a-rama, in which members may offer amendments with short or no debate. That may continue, one official said, “until a state of exhaustion sets in.”
The next step is for the Senate to decide to move to final passage and vote. By this time, McConnell will need to have rounded up at least 50 of his 52 Republicans to pass the bill.