The Senate Appropriations Committee delayed a vote on a health spending bill after Republicans reportedly indicated they would force several uncomfortable votes on ObamaCare.
The move by panel chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiMikulski on Warren flap: Different rules apply to women It's not just Trump's Cabinet but Congress lacks diversity The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Md.) sets up a conflict with colleague Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa), who leads the subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and wants to see his bill advance.
Republicans are reportedly planning to force several politically painful votes related to the healthcare law when the spending bill comes up for approval.
Endangered Democrats like Sens. Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (Ark.) and Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuFive unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist Trump’s implosion could cost GOP in Louisiana Senate race MORE (La.) are members of the committee, and leaders are interested in protecting them from votes that could heighten ObamaCare as an issue in their campaigns.
The delay was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press.
Harkin had previously said that his measure would see a vote on Thursday, but Mikulski never scheduled it. An email from her staff said the timetable was "under review."
“Senator Harkin worked hard on a bill that meets critical needs with funding for Head Start, NIH, and to ensure the maximum Pell Grant award. He remains hopeful that we can still get on the bill this year," said Harkin spokeswoman Kate Frischmann in a statement.
Updated at 12 p.m.
Report: Vote on spending bill delayed over O-Care
By Elise Viebeck - 06/12/14 10:51 AM EDT