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Senate Health Care Law Repeal Amendment

Mar 22, 2013

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) debated an amendment to the 2014 fiscal year budget that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

 

  •  

    R. Cruz, R-Texas

    11:29:26 AM (02:29:10)

    54 seconds
    Mr. CRUZ. Mr. President, tomorrow is the 3-year anniversary of the passage of ObamaCare. ObamaCare is hurting. It is hurting seniors,
    it is hurting Hispanics, it is hurting African Americans, it is hurting single moms, and it is hurting the economy. It should be repealed.
    Yesterday over 70 Members of this body voted to remove one of the most pernicious taxes in ObamaCare, the tax on medical device providers. I happily voted for the amendment, but I would point out this is a wealthy industry which can afford to hire lobbyists.
    We should be responsive not only to wealthy corporate lobbyists but to the people and small businesses that are being hurt by ObamaCare and to the workers who are being hurt by ObamaCare. We should be responsive to the American people. For that reason, this amendment would create a deficit-neutral reserve fund to defund ObamaCare and repeal ObamaCare.
  • Thomas Harkin, D-Iowa

    11:30:27 AM (02:30:11)

    1 minute
    Mr. HARKIN. Mr. President, this will be the 36th time we have voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I know the Senators on the other side want to revote to repeal it. That is fine. I wish to warn you, due to the way this amendment is drafted, it also repeals what we put in that bill on education; to wit, we put in money to increase Pell grants. We put in money to increase funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We put in money also to help the community colleges, $2 billion.
    We also included the more generous income-based repayment system to ensure people don't need to pay more than 10 percent of their discretionary income to pay back their student loans. All of that is wiped out in the Senator's amendment.
    Again, maybe it is just a drafting error. But I think Senators should know you are not just voting to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. That is fine if you want to do that. I don't think Senators on the other side of the aisle who are here wish to vote to decrease Pell grants and to decrease funding for universities.
  • Mr. CRUZ

    Mr. CRUZ. I ask for the yeas and nays.
  • The PRESIDING OFFICER

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Is there a sufficient second? There appears to be a sufficient second.
    The question is on agreeing to the amendment.
    The clerk will call the roll.
    The assistant legislative clerk called the roll.
  • Mr. DURBIN

    Mr. DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from New Jersey (Mr. LAUTENBERG) is necessarily absent.
  • The PRESIDING OFFICER

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Are there any other Senators in the Chamber desiring to vote?
    The result was announced--yeas 45, nays 54, as follows:
    [Rollcall Vote No. 51 Leg.] 


    YEAS--45
    Alexander
    Ayotte
    Barrasso
    Blunt
    Boozman
    Burr
    Chambliss
    Coats
    Coburn
    Cochran
    Collins
    Corker
    Cornyn
    Crapo
    Cruz
    Enzi
    Fischer
    Flake
    Graham
    Grassley
    Hatch
    Heller
    Hoeven
    Inhofe
    Isakson
    Johanns
    Johnson (WI)
    Kirk
    Lee
    McCain
    McConnell
    Moran
    Murkowski
    Paul
    Portman
    Risch
    Roberts
    Rubio
    Scott
    Sessions
    Shelby
    Thune
    Toomey
    Vitter
    Wicker


    NAYS--54
    Baldwin
    Baucus
    Begich
    Bennet
    Blumenthal
    Boxer
    Brown
    Cantwell
    Cardin
    Carper
    Casey
    Coons
    Cowan
    Donnelly
    Durbin
    Feinstein
    Franken
    Gillibrand
    Hagan
    Harkin
    Heinrich
    Heitkamp
    Hirono
    Johnson (SD)
    Kaine
    King
    Klobuchar
    Landrieu
    Leahy
    Levin
    Manchin
    McCaskill
    Menendez
    Merkley
    Mikulski
    Murphy
    Murray
    Nelson
    Pryor
    Reed
    Reid
    Rockefeller
    Sanders
    Schatz
    Schumer
    Shaheen
    Stabenow
    Tester
    Udall (CO)
    Udall (NM)
    Warner
    Warren
    Whitehouse
    Wyden


    NOT VOTING--1
    Lautenberg


    The amendment (No. 202) was rejected.

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