Senators DeMint and Vitter Introduce Obamacare Repeal Bills
Yesterday, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act And earlier today, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced his own bill to repeal Obamacare.
Senator Vitter’s bill would repeal Obamacare and everything that was passed under reconciliation, including the government takeover of the student loan industry. Senator DeMint’s bill is identical to H.R.2, the version passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month (it does not include anything on student loans).
Although the path to a repeal vote in the Senate remains unclear, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that some sort of vote on repeal will take place in the Senate this year; and last night, he took procedural steps to work towards a vote on the House passed bill.
What remains unclear is if Senator McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will be able to come to an agreement regarding how to bring either bill to the Senate floor. Assuming they are not able to reach any sort of an agreement, Senator Reid might move to table the repeal legislation or try another procedural trick to prevent a clean vote. In 2010, Senator Reid moved to table an amendment repealing Obamacare offered by Senator Vitter (R-LA) (S.Amdt. 3553 to H.R. 4872) and all Republicans present voted against tabling the amendment (Senators Bond and Isakson did not vote).
A straight up-or-down vote is the best way for the Senate to handle this issue. Heritage Action will continue to support legislation that fully repeals Obamacare and will advocate for a clean vote on full repeal.