As the U.S. Senate returns to session on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reiterated his promise from last week that the legislative body will vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
GOP senators vow to repeal reform law
“I assure you we'll have a vote on repeal,” McConnell told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “If that does not pass—and I don't think anyone is optimistic that it will—we intend to go after this healthcare bill in every way that we can,” he added. “It's the single worst piece of legislation that has passed in my time in the Senate.”
The Senate returns to work Tuesday, the same day President Barack Obama will deliver the State of the Union Address, in which he is expected to focus on jobs. McConnell said the president “seems to be pivoting,” in that he has “quit bashing business.” Last week, Obama named GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt to lead the President's Council on Jobs and Competiveness, and also called for a review of federal regulations to relieve the burden on American businesses.
Meanwhile, on Sunday's “Face the Nation,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said it's important that the Senate vote on whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would,” McCain told Bob Schieffer. “We campaigned in the last November elections that we would repeal and replace. And we have to a vote on repeal so that everybody's on record whether they want to repeal. And then I think piece by piece we go through replacing. I'm told already that Democrats may agree with us on some changes,” he said.
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