Instapundit is covering it, but it passed with an overwhelming bipartisan majority. It’ll be interesting to see how this fares in the Senate. Obviously Reid is going to protect the President’s agenda, but he might not be able to stop a vote. We’ll see.
UPDATE: It occurs to me this happened with the Assault Weapons Ban too. The House voted to repeal it, but the Senate, which was controlled by Bob Dole, at the time, never took it up. It’s worth pointing out that Dole lost his Presidential bid.
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From a vote-counting POV, how many votes for PPPACA left in November?
Thank god! At least its a start. Hold their feet to the fire.
I don’t see why the House doesn’t just merely “deem” the bill as passed the Senate and send the bill to the President for veto.
Wait for a bill to originate from and pass the house… send it to the senate… wait for the senate to approve and send back to the house… gut the bill’s text and insert repeal language and send it to the senate. Fight!
@Scott’s idea has probably been done – it’s certainly been done by the Senate; it’s how they get around the restriction on finance bills.
@Standard Mischief’s idea was floated as a way to get PPACA out the door and caused a fairly epic rhetorical beating of the (ir)responsible parties.
For at least the next two years, though, this is just posturing, right? Unless we can get 67 senators, it’s not going to work.
To put it on the desk at 1600 PA Ave only takes 60 Senators and a House majority. Less Senators if you play parliamentary procedure games.
Wolfwood, some might say it’s posturing, but in one Congressman’s interview recently he said that it likely won’t pass but they promised the American people they were going to at least try to pass it and get a vote on it, and so they are keeping their promise.
Also, November happened between then and now; and anothe third of Senators are up for re-election in 2 years.
For at least the next two years, though, this is just posturing, right?
As a means towards the end of changing things after the next two years, holding the Democrats’ feet to the fire is much more than posturing. How, after all, do you propose that the Republicans win the 2012 election? Whatever the Senate does, this provides a guide to which politicians need to be replaced if you want Obamacare repealed.
Politics is in large measure posturing. There is no “just” about it. All of the House and 1/3 of the Senate is up for election in 2012 as well as Obama. I believe it will be a Good Thing to make Pelosi/Reid/Obama Care a (or the) issue of the 2012 election cycle.
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