The political fight between congressional Republicans and the president will begin on Wednesday as Congress issues its final approval on a bill that repeals the Affordable Healthcare Act, known as ObamaCare, and strips money completely from Planned Parenthood.
Georgia Rep. Barry Loudermilk, who rode the Republican wave into office in 2012, said the bill will be sitting on President Barack Obama’s desk by the end of the week.
“Tomorrow, the House will make the final vote of the process – sending both measures to the President’s desk by the end of this week,” Loudermilk said on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 5.
He also said in his post that this move has been planned for several months, and indicated Republicans held back on fighting other issues in order to save this tactical move for these two issues.
“In the fall, we started a process that gives us one shot to bypass the senate filibuster rule, our best chance to pass conservative legislation. The two issues House Republicans chose to include in this one-time opportunity was to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood,” he posted.
Others said this will show voters that securing a GOP majority in 2012 was the right thing to do. Some hope this proves that Republicans are true to their campaign promises.
“We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people,” Missouri GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler said. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington. And they don’t want their tax dollars going to abortion providers. …If the president didn’t hear the people’s voices earlier, hopefully, he will through this bill.”
The bill can’t be amended by Democrats because the Senate approved it with special rules to prevent any changes. It is expected that Obama will veto the measure. Republicans have planned for that over the past several months as well, according to Republicans issuing talking points to the media. Congressional Republicans have enough votes to override a veto.
A vote for a veto-override is set for Jan. 22, which adds salt to the wound for Planned Parenthood and its supporters. That is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, made in 1973. Typically, anti-abortion activists gather to march in the nation’s capital on that day.
Republicans have received harsh criticism from conservatives after they failed to include defunding Planned Parenthood in the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill passed in December. Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, defended the move, saying they didn’t want to complicate the budget bill.
Ryan said in a December interview that the plan was to deal with the matter in January.
“You’re going to see us put a bill on the president’s desk going after ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood so we’ll finally get a bill on his desk to veto,” Ryan commented in the interview.