House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Monday that he "has no problems" with the idea of the Senate devising its own healthcare bill.
"There's a number of senators over there that have different ideas. They are their own legislative body. I have no problems if they write their own bill," the congressman said on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria."
On Sunday, McCarthy's fellow Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, said "the House bill is not going to come before us. The Senate is starting from scratch. We're going to draft our own bill. And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right," according to NBC News.
"If it took the House passing a bill to get them moving on a bill, I thank them for that," McCarthy said.
He added that House legislators are working with their colleagues in the Senate, saying, "I think this just adds a little added pressure to them that they have to act," and "they need to start working, but they have been working. We've worked with a number of senators."
McCarthy also assured viewers that if the Senate passes a bill that differs significantly from the bill passed by the House, then the two chambers will work out those differences before President Donald Trump signs them into law.
"So that's the way the system is set up. We move legislation. They move legislation. Any difference, we'll go to conference and then send it to the president," he said, adding that "timing is important.
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