There is no need for a timeline to replace the healthcare reform law, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio) said Wednesday morning, hours before House Republicans are expected to vote to repeal it.
The GOP has taken flak from Democrats in recent weeks because of the new House majority’s plan to repeal the reform law without replacing some of its more popular consumer protections. Republican House leaders have maintained that the new committees must begin their work before details of a replacement bill can be hashed out.
On Thursday, Republicans will vote on a resolution instructing several committees to consider replacements to the reform law.
But first, the House is scheduled Wednesday evening to vote on what is considered a symbolic gesture to repeal the reform law. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidLawmakers eye early exit from Washington McCain to support waiver for Mattis, Trump team says Reeling Dems look for new leader MORE (D-Nev.) has promised to block the bill, and President Obama said he would veto it if it unexpectedly lands on his desk.
House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorChamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE (R-Va.), a day after challenging Reid to hold a repeal vote on the Senate floor, declined to say whether he thinks vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2012 would vote in favor of repeal.
But he told reporters that Reid should allow a vote if he’s confident the Senate, which has slimmer 53-47 Democratic advantage this Congress, will reject the repeal measure.
“If they have the votes, let’s see them,” Cantor said.