The head of the House Budget Committee said Thursday that lawmakers are eying an overhaul of Medicare next year.
Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.) said he expects lawmakers to push forward with an overhaul “within the first six to eight months” of President-elect Donald Trump's administration.
He said it would be tackled through the budget tactic in the Senate called “reconciliation,” which allows major spending-related bills to pass the upper chamber without a veto.
“I think that’s probably in the second phase of reconciliation, which would have to be in the fiscal year 2018 budget,” Price added.
It's the first time that a House GOP leader has said officials are planning to fast-track an overhaul of Medicare in 2017.
It's unclear how far House Republicans will go in making changes to Medicare — a process that will especially tricky through reconciliation.