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But the committee does not have jurisdiction over health-care legislation.
Mitch McConnell has asked budget analysts to fast-track scoring the bill to devolve health care to the states.
Sanders's push for universal health care, which has already taken the Democratic Party further toward endorsing “single-payer” coverage than at any time since the 1970s, has often included praise for America's northern neighbor.
The would prefer the new senator to be chosen by whoever is elected to replace Christie in November.
Sanders's office released a white paper on possible ways to pay for the legislation, which includes taxes on both employers and employees.
Republicans, bruised and exhausted by a failed campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act, are giddy about the chance to attack Democrats and Sanders.
4 senators propose billion-dollar shift in federal health-care spending with few strings attached.
The House minority leader declined to endorse health-care legislation backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Hillary Clinton relives the horrors of coming so close, then retreating to Chappaqua.
A campaign, which Sanders has repeatedly (albeit politely) rebuffed, is the best-organized of several efforts to turn progressives away from the Democratic Party.