Congress is wasting no time in the new year, and they just announced that they will vote for a full repeal and replace of Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s job-killing health care law.
As Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) announced (below), “We owe it to the American people to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that’s what we’ll do.” And, “As a result, President Obama will soon have a choice: Does he support the people and women’s health, or does he support Washington mandates and tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood?”
This will mark the first time that both bodies will open for full debate to repeal the law. The Senate already passed its version of a repeal and replace bill, and now the House will pass it too – daring President Obama to veto it.
Not only is House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) promising a bill that will replace the law, but Senate Republicans plan to use a special legislative technique which evades the possibility that Democrats can filibuster the Obamacare repeal bill. This is huge news!
However, the story changed when the GOP won the majority. Still, Senate rules often favor the minority party. Republicans would have to vault two anticipated Democratic-filibusters just to bring up a repeal bill for debate. Overcoming those filibusters would require two roll call votes of 60 yeas. That wasn’t happening.
The GOP nevertheless had one option at its disposal — something called “budget reconciliation.”
Budget reconciliation is a unique, once-a-shot piece of legislation that operates under special rules. It’s inoculated from pesky Senate filibusters. And if you can jam something into a budget reconciliation measure, you can usually get it through the Senate because it just requires a simple majority for passage.
The House recently started this process and knocked out a dual reconciliation bill that simultaneously repealed ObamaCare and defunded Planned Parenthood. It then shipped the measure to the Senate. But because of special Senate rules governing budget reconciliation, the upper chamber had to tweak the plan to pass it. That meant that the House and Senate had approved slightly different bills. So the Senate then bounced its updated version back to the House.[…]
House Republicans initially planned to take up the reworked Senate bill right before Christmas. But at the last minute, they decided to delay that gambit. They had a new tactic. Wait until after the holiday to maximize exposure of the House debate and vote — as well as the President’s planned veto. Plus, it might help tee up Republican plans on health care in the new year.
Via Fox News
By setting up the need to reconcile the anti-Planned Parenthood and anti-Obamacare bills, Republicans are putting Democrats on the defensive while taking a chainsaw to the President’s signature health care bill. Forcing them to vote on these bills has to make vulnerable Democrats nervous, and will remind voters just how unpopular Obama’s agenda is.
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