Refreshed representatives renew reform repeal
Refreshed after (another) brief recess, House members will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to a summer session that includes some significant healthcare votes.
First, the lower chamber will consider House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton's (R-Mich.) FDA bill that Upton's panel passed earlier this month. Shortly after, House Republicans will continue to chip away at the Affordable Care Act while the country awaits a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the law—in whole or in part—will stand.
“Regardless of the outcome of the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare, we should all be able to agree on Erik Paulsen's (R-Minn.) bill to repeal the medical device tax and Lynn Jenkins' (R-Kan.) bill to repeal the OTC ban,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wrote in a memo to House Republicans that outlined the House's summer legislative agenda. “I expect a vote on the Paulsen and Jenkins bills as early as the week of June 4.”
Among other issues, the House will also consider appropriations bills and measures related to domestic energy production, the U.S. Postal Service, and—before the August recess—a vote to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. And there's still room for more healthcare legislation.
“Although we do not know how the court will rule,” Cantor said in his memo,” we are prepared to move forward to ensure that the whole unworkable law is fully repealed.”
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