On Friday morning, July 28th, 2017, the Senate's attempt to significantly modify the ACA stalled, with all attempts to change it being voted down. This was all being done via the budget reconciliation process, to avoid having to get 60 votes.
As I understand it, this process can only be used a certain number of times within a single fiscal year. The intent by Republicans was to pass healthcare reform through reconciliation this year, and do tax reform through it for the next fiscal year.
With the voting down of the bill in the Senate, this raises a question: Can the Senate try again this fiscal year, or by bringing the bill to the floor and having it fail, did they use up their one shot?
I've heard contradictory things on this point. Some have said that since it failed, they used up their one "spending" reconciliation bill. Others have said that this isn't quite the case. That because the votes were all on amendments to the bill, that the bill itself was never voted on. And thus, its failure hasn't expended their reconciliation attempt.
Can the Senate still attempt to do something with healthcare through reconciliation, or is that over?