Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday that House Republicans were staging “a political show vote,” a sentiment echoed by many Democrats on Tuesday.
Boren to vote repeal
Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, one of three Democrats who voted last year to repeal the entire law, said Tuesday that he would do so again.
But, he said, “I think this is a purely symbolic vote because there is no chance of passage.”
Boren said the debate was about “framing the election,” a description that Republicans didn't deny.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, said the vote would put lawmakers on the record heading into the election.
Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., said, “I have voted to repeal this 30 times and I will keep doing it until we get this right.”
The White House issued a veto threat of the House bill, saying, “The last thing the Congress should do is refight old political battles and take a massive step backward by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class.”