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|Durbin Doubts Republicans Success in Healthcare Repeal
|(IRN)-Even though the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act" has no chance of passing the U.S. Senate and Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly said he won't bring it to the floor for a vote, Senator Dick Durbin acknowledged on Sunday that Republicans may be able to force a vote on full repeal. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also vowed that Republicans will continue try to dismantle the law "piece by piece."
Last week, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a full repeal of health care reform, with three Democrats crossing the aisle to join the Republicans. Both Republicans and Democrats have admitted that there don't seem to be enough votes for a repeat performance in the Senate, and President Obama would undoubtedly veto it if it made its way to his desk.
On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Durbin how Democrats could stop Republicans from bringing up a repeal vote in the Senate. Durbin admitted that at some point, Republicans could offer it as an amendment.
"Harry Reid has said we're not going to bring up repeal of health care reform," said Durbin. "If some Republican senator wants to offer it as an amendment at some point, it's possible they will. It's possible we'll face that vote. But having spoken to my members in the Democratic caucus with Senator Reid, we feel there's still strong support for health care reform."
On Fox News Sunday, McConnell hinted that he has figured out a parliamentary maneuver to get a vote on full repeal in the Senate, although he didn't say what it was.
(Contributing: Huffington Post)
(Source: Illinois Radio Network)
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