House Set to Vote on Repealing Health Law
The new Republican-controlled House of Representatives is certain to vote Wednesday to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform. The Democratic-controlled Senate is just as certain to let the measure die.
Republicans and Democrats adopted a more civil tone without angry shouts as they debated the repeal legislation on the House floor Tuesday just 10 days after the shooting rampage in Arizona that left a Democratic congresswoman wounded and lawmakers of both parties stunned.
Rep. Steny Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat, said he expected that “members will heed their own advice and will address the issues in a way that will deal with them on the merits.” In the past, he added, too much of the public debate was “about incitement rather than informing, about making people angry, disrespecting the … point of view of the other side.”
The House vote had been slated for last week as the Republicans’ first order of business — a campaign promise that helped them regain the majority in the lower chamber. But action was put off after the attack on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head. She is hospitalized in serious condition but six others who attended her meeting with constituents in Tucson, Arizona, were killed. They include a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.
Now, the House vote is back on after more than a week of national soul-searching and questions about whether the brutal tone of the political dialogue helped fuel the deadly attack in Arizona.