Rules Committee Previews Health Repeal Floor Debate
Updated: 7:48 p.m.
The prologue to a House floor debate about the repeal of the 2010 health care law got under way in the Rules Committee today, with a Democrat suggesting the House has better things to do and a Republican asking her colleagues to reread George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984.
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The expedited meeting was called to allow Republicans to move forward with a House floor vote on Wednesday, the 31st such repeal vote. The GOP measure has no hope of becoming law, but moved out of the committee on an 8-4 party-line vote. The closed rule provides for five hours of debate.
Democratic Ranking Member Louise Slaughter said that members should be focused on creating jobs and should "see if we can find something else to do this week, whattya say?"
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Republicans did not take her up on her offer.
Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina asked her Democratic colleagues to reread their Orwell, suggesting that Democrats are rewriting history to "make things sound great that aren't great."
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Earlier today, the independent congressional budget office said officials would not know how the Supreme Court's ruling would affect government's spending for two more weeks. Democrats seized on the news, arguing that repeal could end up costing the government money, a point Republicans have so far failed to address in the committee meeting.
Rep. Tom Price, though, did seem to acknowledge that the bill wouldn't make it beyond the House, saying he didn't "believe we'll have to do that" in response to a question about paying for repeal.
The committee has taken a recess and will return later this evening. The committee is expected to vote tonight to send the bill to the House floor.