Cantor Schedules (Yet Another) Health Law Repeal Vote
The vote, which is likely to take place next week, will be the first one in 2013. There have been more than 30 votes to repeal all or parts of the health overhaul since its passage in 2010.
The Washington Post: House To Vote Again On Repealing 'Obamacare' Next Week
Cantor's decision to schedule the vote comes as he’s devoted most of the House calendar in recent months to a series of bills that fit within his "making life work" agenda that emphasizes kitchen-table issues over slashing federal spending. Among such bills is the "Working Families Flexibility Act," which would give private employers the option of offering workers additional time off in lieu of overtime pay and is set for a vote Wednesday (O'Keefe and Kane, 5/8).
The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire: House Plans Another Vote To Repeal Obama Health Law
Republicans remain implacably opposed to the health-care law, more than three years after it was signed into law by Mr. Obama. Many of the law's key provisions come into effect from 2014, including the creation of health-care exchanges to help individuals who don't receive health insurance through work to group together to purchase more affordable insurance (Boles, 5/8).
Politico: Eric Cantor Sets Repeal Vote On Health Care Law For Next Week
It will be the first vote against all or part of the law this year. The House had voted more than 30 times on repealing all or parts of the law since it passed in March 2010, but many members — especially first-year lawmakers — were pushing leadership to get a vote on the record in 2013 (Haberkorn, 5/8).
The Hill: ObamaCare Repeal Vote Next Week In House
In a nod to the right, House Republican leaders will once again seek to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law next week. The decision, announced Wednesday by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), represents a shift by top Republicans in the lower chamber (Baker, 5/8).
In other news from Capitol Hill -
The Hill: Senate Fails To Approve Resolution Condemning Illegal Medical Practices
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tried to pass a Senate resolution that would have condemned illegal abortion practices. Lee asked unanimous consent to pass his resolution on Wednesday in reaction to the case of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is on trial for performing illegal and unsafe abortions (Cox, 5/8).
CQ HealthBeat: Health Panel Backs Drug Measures
A House panel advanced measures Wednesday to renew animal drug user fees and to overhaul the prescription drug supply chain. The Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health first approved, by voice vote, a bill that would reauthorize user fees that fund the Food and Drug Administration’s approval processes for brand-name and generic drugs for animals. Both current authorizations expire Oct. 1 (Marcos, 5/9).