Upton Claims Veto-Proof Votes for Healthcare Repeal

January 2nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm | 12 Comments |

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Politico reports:

The new Republican-controlled House plans to schedule a vote to repeal the sweeping health care overhaul before President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address late this month, incoming House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Sunday.

“We have 242 Republicans,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us. You will remember when that vote passed in the House last March, it only passed by seven votes.”

Upton, whose committee will play a key role in the GOP’s effort to roll back the law, said that he believes the House may be near the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.

“If we pass this bill with a sizeable vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the Senate to do perhaps the same thing,” he said. “But then, after that, we’re going to go after this bill piece by piece.”

Upton specifically called out the requirement for businesses to complete 1099 tax forms, the individual mandate and the Stupak amendment on abortion. “We will look at these individual pieces to see if we can’t have the thing crumble,” he said.

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  • rcthompson

    The House Republicans need to overwhelm the Senate and President with legislation. Pass lots of short bills that will force the Senate to vote up and down on a very frequent basis on legislation.

  • lessadoabouteverything

    rcthompson, I guess you are not American but the House can not force the Senate to do anything. The bills will simply never come up for a vote considering that Reid controls the docket, beyond that even if Republicans had the Senate the Democrats can filibuster everything, thereby preventing all that legislation from coming to a vote.

    And Upton is just blowing smoke, there will be only a very few Democrats who buck the tide, since mostly blue dogs lost half of their membership the remaining House is pretty Liberal. What a silly man.

  • Watusie

    Republicans – short on logic, devoid of morals, and, apparently, bad at math.

  • rcthompson

    @lessadoabouteverything … sure they can force the Senate to vote on them by refusing to vote on anything passed by the Senate. This is not a new tactic and has been used forever.

  • valkayec

    Any spending bills must originate in the House which is why most bills begin there and why any different Senate bill on the same legislative subject must be reconciled with the House. Ordinarily, the House doesn’t vote on a bill created in the Senate that has not already been created in the House. Even if repeal did make it out of the House, which is unlikely, and Reid allowed it to come to the floor, it would still need 60 votes to pass. Not bloody likely!

    As lessadoabouteverything stated, Upton is blowing smoke about total repeal to make a bigger name for himself (and lots more money) for before re-election time. The only realistic things the House GOP can do is de-fund health care, meaning not adding any additionally money to the HHS budget which would make implementation very difficult, or work on changing or repealing individual pieces of the bill which Dems can support. But even with some of those pieces (i.e., 1099 reporting) eliminated, the basic bill remains intact and allows HHS to move forward.

  • lessadoabouteverything

    rcthompson, but that is the definition of gridlock, and are Republicans really going to not vote on funding the war because the Senate won’t do an up or down vote or repealing Obamacare? Republicans shutting down government was a disaster for them when Gingrich tried it, and what with the incredible success of the lame duck session are going to look even more foolish.

    Look, I agree there will be a ton of gridlock the next two years as there was for the last two years of Bush but for the real issues, like continuing government and funding the war there wasn’t any. And you forget, Boehner has gone with Democrats before over Tarp even though many Republicans voted against it. You would be naive if you don’t think that he would do so again.

  • Nanotek

    “even if Republicans had the Senate the Democrats can filibuster everything, thereby preventing all that legislation from coming to a vote.”

    lessadoabouteverything … that’s why I hope the Dems don’t strip away the filibuster … that my fear that some version of Palin could get elected in 2012 and nominate a SCOTUS justice or two.

  • Alex 0_0

    Who is this guy Upton? He’s clearly in wishful thinking land, confusing his desires for reality, and clueless about “managing expectations.” Veto-proof means 67 Senators plus half of all Democrats in the House joining Republicans and voting to humiliate the president? Not gonna happen. Such a measure might pass the House because they know it will never even get to a vote in the Senate.

  • rcthompson

    I actually think the House Republicans want gridlock and a government shutdown. Obama is not Clinton and we should not expect he would handle a government shutdown as well as Clinton did. Additionally, the Republicans can say they are trying to get things done by passing countless bills and the Democrats refuse to play along.

    The best thing Reid can do is bring all the House Republican bills to the floor and let them die either by the filibuster if the Republicans can peel off a few Dem votes or let them die by a simple majority.

  • Rabiner


    “Additionally, the Republicans can say they are trying to get things done by passing countless bills and the Democrats refuse to play along. ”

    The irony of you saying this after having the last two years to reflect upon.

  • armstp

    It does not matter what happens in the House regarding healthcare bill. The Republicans do not have the 60 votes or 2/3rds stop a presidential veto in the Senate.

  • COProgressive

    The Republicans are once again wasting the People’s money and wasting what could be productive legislative time by trying to repeal the HCR Law.

    I want to see the Republicans that vote to repeal go back and tell their constituents that the “Status Quo” of our broken healthcare system is the best they could do. Work to improve HCR, yes. Repealing it isn’t going to happen and is a waste of time and money.