Schumer vows to put a vote on the floor urging intervention in ObamaCare case ‘first thing’

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGOP rep to introduce constitutional amendment to limit Supreme Court seats to 9 Why we need to build gateway now Campaign to draft Democratic challenger to McConnell starts raising funds MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday pledged that Democrats in the Senate will fight "tooth and nail" against a Texas judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

"It's an awful, awful ruling. We're going to fight this, tooth and nail. And the first thing we're going to do, when we get back there in the Senate, is urge — put a vote on the floor urging an intervention in the case," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled on Friday that the health-care law is unconstitutional because of the law's individual mandate, but lawmakers and legal experts from both parties have said they expect the ruling will be overturned.

Schumer said Sunday that he expects the ruling will be overturned and said the ruling "puts a lot of our Republicans in a box."

"On the one hand, they said they want to preserve pre-existing conditions and preserve health care. On the other hand, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification MORE and a large number of Republicans brought this court suit," he said.

"So there are going to be a good number of Republicans who are going to really have to make a decision whether to join us in this intervention or face very severe consequences," Schumer added.