ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:
Republicans will attempt to force a vote on health care repeal by offering it as an amendment to the FAA reauthorization bill that Democrats are currently pushing on the Senate floor.
A vote could come as soon as today.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has steadfastly said the Senate will ultimately vote on the repeal bill despite Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s objections. At the same time, Republicans have acknowledged that it won’t pass due to the Democrats’ 53 to 47 majority.
All 47 Republican Senators have signed on to support the repeal proposal.
“We pledged to the American people that we would seek to repeal this 2,700-page bill that seeks to restructure all of American health care and put the decisions in Washington,” McConnell told reporters in Washington Tuesday.
Now the GOP is poised to push Democrats into allowing a full repeal vote. In the past few days Democrats have touted the FAA reauthorization as the “first jobs bill” of the new Congress & said it would save or create an estimated 280,000 jobs. Reid has said he does not want to bring the health care repeal to a vote, but he has noted that the Senate GOP could use procedural means to force one.
“I’m certainly not going to bring it up, but we have procedures in the Senate where if somebody if they wanted to try to increase costs for seniors, if they wanted to take away the ability to have a pre-existing disability…,” he told Jon Karl in an interview last Wednesday.
“So if Mitch McConnell presses the issue there will be a vote in the Senate on repealing health care reform?” Karl asked.
“That is up to Mitch McConnell if he wants to take the grief…”
“It sounds like he does…”
“Well that’s what this is all about,” replied Reid.
The entire Senate Republican caucus is now united in support of the full repeal bill – all 47 GOP senators have signed on to it.