By Erik Wasson
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appearing on ”Fox News Sunday” said that the Senate will have a vote on healthcare reform repeal and he will use parliamentary procedure to make that happen.
The House last week passed a bill repealing healthcare reform but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he will not bring that bill up for a vote.
"I can assure you we'll have a vote on repeal," McConnell said. He declined to get into the parliamentary details of how he would make that happen.
Appearing on the same show, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that it is possible that some senator at some point will offer the House bill repealing Obama's healthcare reform bill and “we will face that vote.”
McConnell noted that Republicans were already successful in denying funding for new “bureaucrats” needed to administer the new healthcare law when they stopped an omnibus spending bill for 2011 in the lame-duck session.
He said that they will now focus on getting rid of the “1099 requirement” that forces any business doing $600 or more of business to report it to the Internal Revenue Service. That requirement has been denounced by both parties who call it burdensome for small business.
Durbin said that “revisiting the law is not unreasonable” and that for example, the 1099 requirement needs to be changed.
He said however, he thinks it will be difficult for McConnell to find four Democrats to vote with him to repeal healthcare reform entirely, however.