Capitol Report: Republican senators make last-ditch Obamacare repeal bid | McConnell says no debt ceiling vote in December

Sen. Lindsey Graham is among the lawmakers introducing a last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill on Wednesday.

A small group of Republican senators will make a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before a deadline expires at the end of this month.

The bill, to be introduced Wednesday, is backed by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Dean Heller of Nevada and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. As the Hill writes, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has said President Donald Trump would sign the bill.

Yet Senate leaders are taking a hands-off approach to the bill as a Sept. 30 deadline approaches. That’s when authority to pass a bill without Democratic votes expires.

Also see: Growing number of Democrats join Bernie Sanders’ single-payer health-care push.

No December debt ceiling vote: Congress won’t vote again this year to raise the debt ceiling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says. He said the deal passed by Congress to extend the borrowing limit to December 8 doesn’t eliminate the so-called “extraordinary measures” the Treasury secretary can use to keep borrowing. Politico has more on McConnell.

Turn against tech: A piece in BuzzFeed describes a political turn against the tech industry that the author says is “perhaps permanent.” Big tech sits at the heart of pressing issues like automation and inequality, as well as privacy and security. And lately, people like former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders are finding common ground, with both wanting big tech to be treated (in Bannon’s words) as “public utilities.”

The piece says Facebook FB, -0.17% should start worrying about congressional testimony and Google GOOG, -0.07% GOOGL, +0.02%  “has a Goldman Sachs problem: Its smooth image has grown tentacles.”

Democrats, Trump to meet: Moderate House Democrats are heading to the White House Wednesday to discuss tax reform, health care and infrastructure. ABC News says they’ve been invited to a bipartisan round table with President Trump, which comes a day after Trump dined with Republican and Democratic senators to discuss tax reform.

“I’m hoping this is part of a new era of bipartisanship,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat who leads the House Problem Solvers Caucus. “Because that’s what people want,” he said, according to ABC.

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