Gibbs: GOP efforts to repeal healthcare won't get past Senate

Though Republicans are rattling their sabers with threats to repeal the new healthcare and financial regulatory laws, the White House feels safe with its buffer in the Democratic Senate.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday he does not think repeal legislation would make it out of both houses of Congress.

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“I honestly don't think it will come to that,” Gibbs said at his daily briefing on Thursday in response to a question about whether Obama would veto any attempts at repeal.

Republican leaders like Sen. Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: Trump takes US out of Pacific trade deal | WH says Trump has left his businesses | Lobbyists expect boom times McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges McCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' MORE (Ky.) and Reps. John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists expect boom times under Trump Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions MORE (Ohio) and Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE have said several times since Tuesday's elections that they still plan to repeal the healthcare and financial reform laws.

Obama said Wednesday in a postmortem press conference on the midterms, which saw Democrats lose the House, that Americans do not want Congress to “re-litigate” the battles of the last two years.