Five Senate Republicans have introduced an amendment that would push back the Obamacare repeal legislation deadline — in the budget resolution being considered on the Senate floor — by more than a month.

Here's the thing: the current deadline included in the budget resolution, January 27, isn't binding. So while committees are expected to report out a repeal bill by then, they don't have to. The amendment pushing the deadline back to March 3 isn't necessary.

Why it matters: This is another signal that Sens. Bob Corker, Rob Portman, Susan Collins, Bill Cassidy and Lisa Murkowski — the authors of the amendment — have serious concerns about repealing Obamacare before a replacement is crafted. Most of these members have declined to say they'll vote to do so, and if they don't, that sinks the repeal effort.

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U.S. policy shift will allow taxpayer funding for projects in West Bank settlements

Friedman (L) with Netanyahu. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. and Israel will announce tomorrow that they are expanding three agreements on scientific cooperation to include Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Israeli and U.S. officials tell me.

Why it matters: This is a substantial policy shift for the U.S., which did not previously allow its taxpayers' money to be spent in the Israeli settlements.

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McConnell: Confirming Amy Coney Barrett will help GOP retain Senate

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) expressed no regrets about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's controversial confirmation, telling Politico in an interview that he believes the decision to place her on the Supreme Court just a week before the election will help Republicans retain the Senate.

Why it matters: With a week to go until Election Day, many Republicans are concerned that President Trump's unpopularity could cost them the Senate. McConnell has long viewed the transformation of the federal judiciary through the confirmation of young conservative judges as his defining legacy.