Augusta, MAINE — In case you missed it, PoliticPro is reporting that Republican leaders have told House conservatives that they do not intend to discuss Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies, a central part of the Alexander-Murray stabilization bill, during spending negotiations this month — a direct rebuke to Senator Susan Collins who was promised by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the stabilization bill would pass before the end of this year. 

“The three things we were told are not gonna happen as part of our agreement: no CSRs, no DACA, no debt limit,” Walker (R-N.C.) is quoted by PoliticoPro as saying.

For days, House Republicans have been throwing cold water on the deal that Senator Susan Collins struck with Majority Leader McConnell in exchange for her vote on tax reform, jeopardizing the chances of the bills passing. 

Several independent, nonpartisan analyses have refuted Senator Collins’ argument that these two bills will mitigate the impact of the individual mandate repeal – but those may be moot now given these latest developments. 

Earlier today, Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett issued a statement calling on Senator Collins to withdraw her support for the bill, which would give massive tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations at the expense of middle class Mainers, as well as add an estimated more than $1 trillion to the deficit.

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