Boehner: No 'artificial' timeline needed to replace health law

There is no need for a timeline to replace the healthcare reform law, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days 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.

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“I don’t know that we need artificial deadlines set up for the committees,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE told reporters. “We expect them to act in a official way, allowing all of their members on their committees to be heard – Democrats and Republicans.”

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 ReidMeet the rising Dem star positioned to help Clinton on gun control Reid: Congress should return 'immediately' to fight Zika Classified briefings to begin for Clinton, Trump 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 CantorThree strategies to help Clinton build 'Team of Teams' David Brat may run for Senate if Kaine becomes VP The Hill's 12:30 Report 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.